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confound

(kŏn-fownd′) [L. confundere, to confuse, to pour together]
1. To introduce bias into a research study.
2. To confuse, bewilder, or mystify. confounding, n.
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Longitudinal studies are included in this category of studies if they do not control for confounders. Longitudinal studies are especially useful for understanding the temporal aspect of causation.
If the exposure is independent of covariates, its effect on the outcome cannot be confounded by them and resulting estimates do not depend on the distributions of confounders. If all important covariates are measured, these models provide causal estimates of the marginal effects of exposure.
The choice of the empirical confounders in HDPS analyses is generally based on bivariate associations of the confounder and the exposure and the bivariate association of the confounder and the outcome.
The authors, however, equate our and Cochrane's rejection of most IVs as a weak research design (10,11) with "throwing the baby out with the bathwater." The IV mentioned above, distance to the hospital, or other IV favorites, such as regional variations in health care, or variation in care by hospitals or physicians, are untrustworthy for the obvious reason that they do not "randomize" and are biased by a multitude of likely confounders. (3)
Table 3 shows results of a sensitivity analysis to determine the conditions required for an unmeasured dichotomous confounder to bias a true null association between PFOS and TTP to an estimated FR of 0.70 (approximately equal to the adjusted Model B FR of 0.69 for the highest vs.
[8,9] To measure the effect of breast-feeding on child health outcomes from observational studies, a range of confounders, that is, maternal, pregnancy, and perinatal risk factors for the outcome of interest are generally adjusted.
Based on this scenario, sensation seeking could be a confounder for the effect of alcohol use on risky sex among MSM.
Although most studies have some confounder control, different studies use different confounders, and few have tried to include a wider range of conditions that may influence sickness presence or adjustment latitude.
The finding that the association disappears after fully adjusting for genetics and familial confounders in identical twins suggests that "genetics is the main confounder" of the relationship between depression and back pain.
Thirdly, it is assumed that there are no omitted variables (also called spurious or confounder variables in this context) in relationships X [right arrow] M and M [right arrow] Y.
It is quite possible that the conclusion, "gender is an important determinant of sensitivity to anaesthesia", might itself be subject to falsification by yet other unknown confounders. One obvious possible confounder is that males and females often have different operations (e.g.
"When we started teasing out from each model whether or not they adjusted for" any of these potential confounders and pooled the effects separately for each confounder, "any effect of statin use on mortality after pneumonia was completely eliminated," Dr.