Case-control studies: basic concepts.

Vandenbroucke, JP; Pearce, N; (2012) Case-control studies: basic concepts. International journal of epidemiology, 41 (5). pp. 1480-9. ISSN 0300-5771 DOI:

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: The purpose of this article is to present in elementary mathematical and statistical terms a simple way to quickly and effectively teach and understand case-control studies, as they are commonly done in dynamic populations-without using the rare disease assumption. Our focus is on case-control studies of disease incidence ('incident case-control studies'); we will not consider the situation of case-control studies of prevalent disease, which are published much less frequently.

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Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Medical Statistics
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Centre for Statistical Methodology
PubMed ID: 23045208
Web of Science ID: 309922700034


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