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A Biologic Approach to Environmental Assessment and Epidemiology$
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Thomas J. Smith and David Kriebel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195141566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141566.001.0001

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Uncertainty in Measuring Risk

Uncertainty in Measuring Risk

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(p.198) 8 Uncertainty in Measuring Risk
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A Biologic Approach to Environmental Assessment and Epidemiology
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Thomas J. Smith

David Kriebel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141566.003.0008

This chapter reviews several important sources of uncertainty in epidemiologic studies and summarizes approaches to managing these uncertainties. It identifies five different sources of uncertainty in measures of association calculated from epidemiologic studies: errors in exposure measurement, confounding, biases, model misspecification, and systematic and random errors in outcome.

Keywords:   environmental epidemiology, epidemiologic studies, disease process, sources of uncertainty

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