Reading epidemiological reports

Adoring Monkey

Outbreak! by Russell Ede, Attribution-NonCommercial License

Epidemiology is the study of disease in populations. Epidemiological studies can give us useful information about the likelihood of disease, the performance of tests, the efficacy and safety of treatments and the outcomes and prognosis. This article from the British Medical Journal provides a framework for evaluating epidemiological studies in terms of bias, chance, and evidence for causation.


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