David A. Savitz

in Interpreting Epidemiologic Evidence

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780195108408
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865765 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter explains the objectives of this book, which was written for both producers and consumers of epidemiologic research. The book develops in some detail the considerations that should be taken into account in characterizing the epidemiologic evidence on a given topic, suggests how to identify the key considerations, and offers a variety of strategies to determine whether a potential methodologic problem is likely to be influential and, if so, what magnitude and direction of influence it may have. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: epidemiological research; selection bias; case-control studies; epidemiological studies

Chapter.  2336 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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