A guide to interpreting epidemiologic studies on the etiology of back pain.

@article{Bombardier1994AGT,
  title={A guide to interpreting epidemiologic studies on the etiology of back pain.},
  author={Claire Bombardier and Mickey S Kerr and Harry S. Shannon and John William Frank},
  journal={Spine},
  year={1994},
  volume={19 18 Suppl},
  pages={2047S-2056S}
}
Understanding disease etiology is key for effective preventive or therapeutic interventions. Knowledge about risk factors is useful to the clinician to answer patients' questions about the possible cause(s) of their presenting disorders. This article describes the three most common types of etiologic studies using examples from the published literature on the risk factors for back pain. Cohort studies typically follow a group of "healthy" people forward in time to assess disease outcome after… CONTINUE READING

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