About this book
This text provides the first-ever compilation of bias analysis methods for use with epidemiologic data. It guides the reader through the planning stages of bias analysis, including the design of validation studies and the collection of validity data from other sources. Three chapters present methods for corrections to address selection bias, uncontrolled confounding, and classification errors. Subsequent chapters extend these methods to multidimensional bias analysis, probabilistic bias analysis, and multiple bias analysis. The text concludes with a chapter on presentation and interpretation of bias analysis results.
Although techniques for bias analysis have been available for decades, these methods are considered difficult to implement. This text not only gathers the methods into one cohesive and organized presentation, it also explains the methods in a consistent fashion and provides customizable spreadsheets to implement the solutions. By downloading the spreadsheets (available at links provided in the text), readers can follow the examples in the text and then modify the spreadsheet to complete their own bias analyses. Readers without experience using quantitative bias analysis will be able to design, implement, and understand bias analyses that address the major threats to the validity of epidemiologic research. More experienced analysts will value the compilation of bias analysis methods and links to software tools that facilitate their projects.
Timothy L. Lash is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Matthew P. Fox is an Assistant Professor in the Center for International Health and Development, both at the Boston University School of Public Health. Aliza K. Fink is a Project Manager at Macro International in Bethesda, Maryland. Together they have organized and presented many day-long workshops on the methods of quantitative bias analysis. In addition, they have collaborated on many papers that developed methods of quantitative bias analysis or used the methods in the data analysis.
- Book Title Applying Quantitative Bias Analysis to Epidemiologic Data
- Series Title Statistics for Biology and Health
- Series Abbreviated Title Statistics for Biology,Health(formerly:Statist.i.Health Scienc.)
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-87959-8
- Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2009
- Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
- eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics Mathematics and Statistics (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-87960-4
- Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-2774-3
- eBook ISBN 978-0-387-87959-8
- Series ISSN 1431-8776
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XII, 192
- Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
Statistics for Life Sciences, Medicine, Health Sciences
Methodology of the Social Sciences
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From the reviews:
"This is the first book to focus on a compilation of bias analysis methods from the epidemiologic perspective. … Throughout this well-written book, examples presented are highly informative and easy to follow for the target audience of students and public health researchers with a foundation in epidemiologic study design and methods. … this book can be used either as a reference work by practicing epidemiologists or as a textbook for an intermediate-to-advanced course in epidemiologic methods." (Chanelle J. Howe and Stephen R. Cole, American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 170 (10), November, 2009)“Applying Quantitative Bias Analysis to Epidemiologic Data is the first text of its kind to give a comprehensive overview of the field. ..This book fills an important gap among epidemiology texts. It provides a unified reference for the myriad of bias analysis methods that appear in the literature. It is broad and thorough in scope, and yet easily accessible…” (Biometrics)