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16 November 2009

352 Pages | 32 line drawings, & a color plate section

ISBN: 9780199231034

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Family matters

Designing, analysing and understanding family based studies in life course epidemiology

Edited by Deborah A. Lawlor and Gita D. Mishra

Life Course Approach to Adult Health

  • Fourth book in the extremely successful Life Course Approach to Adult Health series
  • Details underlying assumptions of family-based studies, to assist the reader in interpreting their findings
  • Describes how doing studies within families can help us to understand whether a risk factor is causal or not, without having to do experiments with humans
  • Describes the practicalities of doing these family-based studies, some of the pitfalls, and how to avoid them
  • Describes practical difficulties of establishing and running a birth cohort in both high-income and low-middle income countries, and ways to minimise them
  • Provides statistical formulae and programming syntax
  • Contains examples of uses of family-based studies, including how they have helped understanding of the causes of disease, which also assists in understanding the limitations of such studies

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