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Is this finding relevant? Generalisation and epidemiology


Ponsonby, AL and Dwyer, T and Couper, DJ, Is this finding relevant? Generalisation and epidemiology, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 20, (1) pp. 54-56. ISSN 1326-0200 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-842X.1996.tb01336.x


The decision about whether the findings from analytical epidemiological studies can be extrapolated to another setting is an important one. We discuss some of the issues involved in the process of generalisation. A critical systematic qualitative approach should be used. This involves an assessment of the internal validity of the study and of the nature of the study base. The study subject matter and choice of epidemiologic measure should be considered. A study base similar to the target population is essential if the study is descriptive or if there is concern about effect modifiers whose effects cannot be predicted. In addition, data from quantitative tests of study findings in different populations should be considered.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ponsonby, AL (Professor Anne Ponsonby)
UTAS Author:Dwyer, T (Professor Terry Dwyer)
UTAS Author:Couper, DJ (Dr David Couper)
ID Code:6555
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:Menzies Centre
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-16

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