The healthy donor effect: a matter of selection bias and confounding

  title={The healthy donor effect: a matter of selection bias and confounding},
  author={F. Atsma and F. de Vegt},
  • F. Atsma, F. de Vegt
  • Published 2011
  • Medicine
  • Transfusion
  • T he healthy donor effect (HDE) is an important methodologic pitfall in health research among blood donors. The HDE is a term applied to the phenomenon of decreased morbidity rates and a healthier lifestyle in donors when compared to the general population, but also in the comparison between donors and nondonors and between active donors and lapsed donors. As a result, effect estimations obtained from studies using such comparisons may be biased. A major topic in donor health research is the… CONTINUE READING
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