Using directed acyclic graphs to guide analyses of neighbourhood health effects: an introduction.

@article{Fleischer2008UsingDA,
  title={Using directed acyclic graphs to guide analyses of neighbourhood health effects: an introduction.},
  author={Nancy L Fleischer and Ana V Diez Roux},
  journal={Journal of epidemiology and community health},
  year={2008},
  volume={62 9},
  pages={842-6}
}
BACKGROUND Directed acyclic graphs, or DAGs, are a useful graphical tool in epidemiologic research that can help identify appropriate analytical strategies in addition to potential unintended consequences of commonly used methods such as conditioning on mediators. The use of DAGs can be particularly informative in the study of the causal effects of social factors on health. METHODS The authors consider four specific scenarios in which DAGs may be useful to neighbourhood health effects… CONTINUE READING
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