cross sectional study


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cross sectional study

A study that examines the relationship between diseases (or other health-related characteristics) and other variables of interest as they exist in a defined population at a single point in time.

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Cross-sectional studies may lead to erroneous conclusions as to a temporal sequence of cause and effect.
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Changing carriage rate of Neisseria meningitidis among university students during the first week of term: cross sectional study.