Critical reading of epidemiological papers. A guide.

@article{Blettner2001CriticalRO,
  title={Critical reading of epidemiological papers. A guide.},
  author={Maria Blettner and Carsten Michael Heuer and Oliver Razum},
  journal={European journal of public health},
  year={2001},
  volume={11 1},
  pages={
          97-101
        }
}
Many clinicians, medical practitioners and decision makers have no formal training in epidemiology but need to understand and sometimes evaluate results in epidemiologic studies. This paper attempts to give guidance to non-epidemiologists on how to read and evaluate the quality of epidemiologic studies and their results critically. Different methodological issues for evaluating whether the results of a study are causal or by bias, chance or confounding are given. This includes criteria for the… CONTINUE READING
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