Timeless epidemiology or history cannot be ignored

Gunning-Schepers, L. J. and Barendregt, J. J. (1992) Timeless epidemiology or history cannot be ignored. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 45 4: 365-372. doi:10.1016/0895-4356(92)90037-N

Author Gunning-Schepers, L. J.
Barendregt, J. J.
Title Timeless epidemiology or history cannot be ignored
Journal name Journal of Clinical Epidemiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0895-4356
Publication date 1992-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0895-4356(92)90037-N
Volume 45
Issue 4
Start page 365
End page 372
Total pages 8
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Epidemiology has produced some useful effect measures, the etiologic fraction and the potential impact fraction, with which the effects of changes in risk factor prevalence on disease specific incidence can be estimated. However to be able to use them for decisions in health policy, adjustments need to be made, in order to incorporate elements that can be avoided in carefully designed epidemiologic studies but cannot be ignored if the results are applied to the 'real world'. Such necessary adjustments include an approach in which the multi factorial aspects of chronic disease epidemiology and time dimensions can be taken into account. In this article we show the effect of including a time dimension in epidemiologic effect measures. Such a time dimension is important, e.g. to be able to incorporate the effect of a gradual reduction in excess risk following cessation of exposure to a risk factor such as cigarette smoking.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
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