Reducing bias through directed acyclic graphs

  title={Reducing bias through directed acyclic graphs},
  author={Ian Shrier and Robert W. Platt},
  journal={BMC Medical Research Methodology},
  pages={70 - 70}
BACKGROUND The objective of most biomedical research is to determine an unbiased estimate of effect for an exposure on an outcome, i.e. to make causal inferences about the exposure. Recent developments in epidemiology have shown that traditional methods of identifying confounding and adjusting for confounding may be inadequate. DISCUSSION The traditional methods of adjusting for "potential confounders" may introduce conditional associations and bias rather than minimize it. Although previous… CONTINUE READING
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