Study Designs Used in Applications of Automated Databases for Epidemiologic Research

A list and description of the types of study designs that are commonly used for epidemiologic studies are provided in the following links:

Although not all of the study designs are appropriate when using automated secondary data resources, the study designs that can be considered when working with these databases include: case-control studies, retrospective cohort studies, nested case-control studies, secular trend analyses, drug utilization studies, and economic analyses. An assessment of the strengths and limitations of each study design, in the context also of the attributes of a particular database, and in relation to the study question being asked, should guide the ultimate study approach selected to answer the research question of interest.

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