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Cross-sectional surveys

Martin Prince

in Practical Psychiatric Epidemiology

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Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780198515517
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754289 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198515517.003.0007
Cross-sectional surveys

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This chapter considers the strengths and limitations, and the uses and abuses of cross-sectional surveys in psychiatric epidemiology. Certain basic aspects of research methodology; the concept of the base population, sampling strategies, representativeness, the problem of non-response and the practical logistics of population-based research are introduced here, although they are in practice equally relevant to other study designs. The chapter also introduces the problem of bias, arising both from non-response and misclassification. In conclusion, we review major surveys of psychiatric morbidity in a historical context, highlighting methodological developments and discussing the yield of information to be gleaned from them.

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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Epidemiology

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