Descriptive studies: what they can and cannot do

  title={Descriptive studies: what they can and cannot do},
  author={D. Grimes and K. Schulz},
  journal={The Lancet},
  • D. Grimes, K. Schulz
  • Published 2002
  • Medicine
  • The Lancet
  • Descriptive studies often represent the first scientific toe in the water in new areas of inquiry. A fundamental element of descriptive reporting is a clear, specific, and measurable definition of the disease or condition in question. Like newspapers, good descriptive reporting answers the five basic W questions: who, what, why, when, where. and a sixth: so what? Case reports, case-series reports, cross-sectional studies, and surveillance studies deal with individuals, whereas ecological… CONTINUE READING
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