Abstract

Some purely methodological comments are made on the pitfalls and difficulties in making causal inferences from observational data, including in studies of disparity in medicine. The ideas of spurious correlation and measurement error are discussed with an eye towards their impact upon inferences about causality, and cautions are offered about over-reliance upon testing hypotheses.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
pp. 88-S94
Launched on MUSE
2005-01-25
Open Access
No
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