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The Nature of Epidemiologic Evidence

David A. Savitz

in Interpreting Epidemiologic Evidence

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780195108408
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865765 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108408.003.0002
The Nature of Epidemiologic Evidence

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the goals of epidemiologic research, which is the quantification of the causal relation between exposure and disease. It then discusses the measurement of causal relations between exposure and disease, inferences from epidemiologic research, descriptive goals and causal inference, efficacy of breast cancer screening, and contribution of epidemiology to policy decisions.

Keywords: epidemiological research; causal relations; inferences; epidemiological studies; breast cancer screening

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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