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Inferring a Causal Relation Between Exposure and Disease

Thomas D. Koepsell and Noel S. Weiss

in Epidemiologic Methods

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150780
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865161 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150780.003.0008
 Inferring a Causal Relation Between Exposure and Disease

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Epidemiologists not only measure the occurrence of disease but seek to identify the causes of disease by interpreting observed patterns of variation in disease occurrence. Epidemiologic research is valued primarily because the causal inferences it generates can inform decisions about prevention of illness. This chapter discusses the kinds of epidemiologic evidence that bear on an inference that an association may be causal. Exercises are provided at the end of the chapter.

Keywords: epidemiology; epidemiological research; causal inferences; evidence

Chapter.  7488 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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