EPIDEMIOLOGIC CONFOUNDING FACTOR
\ˌɛpɪdˌɛmɪəlˈɒd͡ʒɪk kənfˈa͡ʊndɪŋ fˈaktə], \ˌɛpɪdˌɛmɪəlˈɒdʒɪk kənfˈaʊndɪŋ fˈaktə], \ˌɛ_p_ɪ_d_ˌɛ_m_ɪ__ə_l_ˈɒ_dʒ_ɪ_k k_ə_n_f_ˈaʊ_n_d_ɪ_ŋ f_ˈa_k_t_ə]\
Definitions of EPIDEMIOLOGIC CONFOUNDING FACTOR
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Factors that can cause or prevent the outcome of interest, are not intermediate variables, and are not associated with the factor (s) under investigation. They give rise to situations in which the effects of two processes are not separated, or the contribution of causal factors cannot be separated, or the measure of the effect of exposure or risk is distorted because of its association with other factors influencing the outcome of the study.
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