Uncertainty in Measuring Risk

Thomas J. Smith and David Kriebel

in A Biologic Approach to Environmental Assessment and Epidemiology

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780195141566
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199872145 | DOI:
Uncertainty in Measuring Risk

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This chapter reviews several important sources of uncertainty in epidemiologic studies and summarizes approaches to managing these uncertainties. It identifies five different sources of uncertainty in measures of association calculated from epidemiologic studies: errors in exposure measurement, confounding, biases, model misspecification, and systematic and random errors in outcome.

Keywords: environmental epidemiology; epidemiologic studies; disease process; sources of uncertainty

Chapter.  9984 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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