# To use or not to use the odds ratio in epidemiologic analyses?

@article{Nurminen2005ToUO, title={To use or not to use the odds ratio in epidemiologic analyses?}, author={Markku Mikael Nurminen}, journal={European Journal of Epidemiology}, year={2005}, volume={11}, pages={365-371} }

This paper argues that the use of the odds ratio parameter in epidemiology needs to be considered with a view to the specific study design and the types of exposure and disease data at hand. Frequently, the odds ratio measure is being used instead of the risk ratio or the incidence-proportion ratio in cohort studies or as an estimate for the incidence-density ratio in case-referent studies. Therefore, the analyses of epidemiologic data have produced biased estimates and the presentation of…

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