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Biases and Confounding

A principal aim of epidemiology is to assess the causes of disease. However, since most epidemiological studies are by nature observational rather than experimental, a number of possible explanations for an observed association need to be considered before we can infer that a cause-effect relationship exists. Specifically, causation needs to be distinguished from mere association — the link between two variables often an exposure and an outcome. An observed association may in fact be due to the effects of one or more of the following:. For example, a study may find an association between using recreational drugs exposure and poor mental wellbeing outcome and thus conclude that using drugs is likely to impair wellbeing. A reverse causation explanation could be that people with poor mental wellbeing are more likely to use recreational drugs as, say, a means of escapism.

All works go through a rigorous selection process. The Impact Factor measures the average number of citations received in a particular year by papers published in the journal during the two receding years. CiteScore measures average citations received per document published. Read more. SRJ is a prestige metric based on the idea that not all citations are the same. SJR uses a similar algorithm as the Google page rank; it provides a quantitative and qualitative measure of the journal's impact. SNIP measures contextual citation impact by wighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field.

The Journal publishes articles on basic or clinical research relating to nephrology, arterial hypertension, dialysis and kidney transplants. It is governed by the peer review system and all original papers are subject to internal assessment and external reviews. The journal accepts submissions of articles in English and in Spanish languages. The Impact Factor measures the average number of citations received in a particular year by papers published in the journal during the two receding years. CiteScore measures average citations received per document published. Read more.

Association and Causation

While the results of an epidemiological study may reflect the true effect of an exposure s on the development of the outcome under investigation, it should always be considered that the findings may in fact be due to an alternative explanation 1. Such alternative explanations may be due to the effects of chance random error , bias or confounding which may produce spurious results, leading us to conclude the existence of a valid statistical association when one does not exist or alternatively the absence of an association when one is truly present 1. Observational studies are particularly susceptible to the effects of chance, bias and confounding and these factors need to be considered at both the design and analysis stage of an epidemiological study so that their effects can be minimised. Bias may be defined as any systematic error in an epidemiological study that results in an incorrect estimate of the true effect of an exposure on the outcome of interest. More than 50 types of bias have been identified in epidemiological studies, but for simplicity they can be broadly grouped into two categories: information bias and selection bias. Information bias results from systematic differences in the way data on exposure or outcome are obtained from the various study groups. Errors in measurement are also known as misclassifications, and the magnitude of the effect of bias depends on the type of misclassification that has occurred.

This Viewpoint presents considerations for assessing evidence for causal inference when using sophisticated study designs with regression analyses of longitudinal observational data. A view is sometimes expressed that regressions with observational data can never give causal conclusions. I argue this position is too extreme. While observational data rarely conclusively demonstrate causality, some study designs may provide evidence, and sometimes that evidence can be strong. However, the extent of evidence depends on a number of considerations. These considerations are narrower than those discussed decades ago by Hill, 1 which covered evidence from numerous sources, not just that from observational studies.

Bias and causal associations in observational research

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Readers of medical literature need to consider two types of validity, internal and external. Internal validity means that the study measured what it set out to; external validity is the ability to generalise from the study to the reader's patients. With respect to internal validity, selection bias, information bias, and confounding are present to some degree in all observational research. Selection bias stems from an absence of comparability between groups being studied.

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  1. Libby W.

    Two types of selection bias have earned eponyms: Berkson and Neyman bias. Also known as an admission-rate bias, Berkson bias (or paradox) results from.

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    Bias and Causal Associations in Observational Research. February ; The Request Full-text Paper PDF. To read the full-text of this.

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    Readers of medical literature need to consider two types of validity, internal and external. Internal validity means that the study measured what it set out to;.

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