Measures of Association

Ezra Susser, Sharon Schwartz, Alfredo Morabia and Evelyn J. Bromet

in Psychiatric Epidemiology

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195101812
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864096 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Series

Measures of Association

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The investigation of an exposure-disease relationship usually begins by looking for an association between the exposure and the disease. This association is evaluated by generating some simple quantitative measure that describes the strength of their association as fairly and accurately as possible. This chapter introduces the measures of association used for this purpose and some of the impediments to obtaining good measures.

Keywords: disease causation; causal research; risk factors; causal ideas; exposure-disease relationship

Chapter.  6159 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology

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