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Principles of Exposure Measurement in Epidemiology: Collecting, Evaluating, and Improving Measures of Disease Risk Factors

Emily White, Bruce K. Armstrong, and Rodolfo Saracci


The accurate measurement of exposure to putative causes of disease is essential to the validity of epidemiologic research. This book covers general principles and methods that can be applied to accurately measure a wide range of exposures (risk factors) in epidemiology, including demographic, anthropometric, nutritional, medical, reproductive, genetic, metabolic, and environmental factors. It covers the methods and quality control approaches for the most commonly used data collection methods in epidemiology, including personal interviews, self administered questionnaires, abstraction of record ... More

Keywords: exposure measurement, personal interview, questionnaires, biomarkers, environmental measurements, validity studies, reliability studies, measurement error, response rates, ethical issues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780198509851
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509851.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily White, author
Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Dean for Research, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington; Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA

Bruce K. Armstrong, author
Professor of Public Health, The University of Sydney; Director of Research, Sydney Cancer Centre, Sydney, Australia

Rodolfo Saracci, author
Director of Research in Epidemiology, National Research Council, Pisa, Italy