Etiologic research: needed revisions of concepts and principles
Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
This article in PubMed: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10884143 Scand J Work Environ Health 1999; 25 (6, special issue):484-490 Etiologic research Needed revisions of concepts and principles by Olli S Miettinen, MD1 Miettinen 0s. Etiologic research: needed revisions of concepts and principles. Scand J Work Environ Health 1999;25 (6, special issue):484-490. Even though etiologic research has been the central concern in academic epidemiology, its concepts have remained confused or malformed,
... malformed, starting from that of etiology itself; and the same applies to its principles, starting from the notion that the principal variants of an etiologic study are the 'cohort' study and the 'case-control' study. This article suggests revisions of some central concepts pertaining to the object (and objective) of an etiologic study, and it posits an updated conception of the essencesingular-the study itself. This is supplemented by some novel, yet merely orientational, propositions in respect to quality-assurance in etiologic research.