Special Issue "Methodological Considerations for Designing Observational Public Health Studies"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Communication and Informatics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Hassan Doosti
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Guest Editor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Macquarie University, Sydney 2109, Australia
Interests: statistics in medicine
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Prof. Dr. Shahram Agah
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Guest Editor
Colorectal Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Interests: Colorecta; Functional GI disorder; Chronic Liver Diseases; H. pylori
Prof. Dr. Awat Feizi
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Guest Editor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
Interests: Biostatistic; Epidemiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, the phenomenon of case and control selection and its corresponding impacts have sparked heated debate. The paradigm of description of case and control groups, besides good selection of them based on inclusion and exclusion criteria, is one of the most important aspects of performing a good case control study in public health. We emphasize that this paradigm can affect the results of studies and the conclusions that researchers and clinicians could then pick up and employ in their practice. Therefore, we decided to clarify the effect of changing the control and case group definition on the results, odds ratio (OR) and its confident intervals in two analytical articles in our large database. It will be constructive for any researcher in this field and every researcher who is interested in case-control studies.

Dr. Hassan Doosti
Prof. Dr. Shahram Agah
Prof. Dr. Awat Feizi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Public health
  • Case-control
  • Cohort
  • Cross-sectional
  • Study design
  • Observational studies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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