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The Assessment of Different Diets and Mortality Fails to Address Unmeasured Confounding

The Assessment of Different Diets and Mortality Fails to Address Unmeasured Confounding Letters 1. US Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of the analysis to recall bias and inability to assess any changes Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. US Department in diet, there are additional limitations that should be con- of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sidered, particularly as this is an observational study rather Coordinating Center for Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; than a clinical trial. Alcohol and tobacco use were assessed in binary terms (≥12 drinks in one year and ≥100 cigarettes 2. Max W, Sung H-Y, Shi Y. Deaths from secondhand smoke exposure in the United States: economic implications. Am J Public Health. 2012;102(11):2173-2180. over a lifetime), but such stratification significantly limits doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300805 and artificially constrains variability for these factors—eg, 3. US Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of an individual who has 1 drink per month would be classified Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General.US in the same category as someone who drinks daily, yet a Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and heavier drinker may have worse outcomes; similarly http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Internal Medicine American Medical Association

The Assessment of Different Diets and Mortality Fails to Address Unmeasured Confounding

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2020 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
2168-6106
eISSN
2168-6114
DOI
10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1391
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Abstract

Letters 1. US Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of the analysis to recall bias and inability to assess any changes Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. US Department in diet, there are additional limitations that should be con- of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sidered, particularly as this is an observational study rather Coordinating Center for Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; than a clinical trial. Alcohol and tobacco use were assessed in binary terms (≥12 drinks in one year and ≥100 cigarettes 2. Max W, Sung H-Y, Shi Y. Deaths from secondhand smoke exposure in the United States: economic implications. Am J Public Health. 2012;102(11):2173-2180. over a lifetime), but such stratification significantly limits doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300805 and artificially constrains variability for these factors—eg, 3. US Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of an individual who has 1 drink per month would be classified Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General.US in the same category as someone who drinks daily, yet a Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and heavier drinker may have worse outcomes; similarly

Journal

JAMA Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 16, 2021

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