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The confidence intervals will be narrower. Random error thus differs from systematic error (see chapter 6) which cannot be reduced simply by increasing the study size. A second factor that can affect precision, given a fixed total study size, is the relative size of the reference group (the unexposed group in a cohort study, or the controls in a case-control study). e. 0), and the costs (of recruitment, data collection, etc) of index and reference subjects are the same, then a 1:1 ratio is most efficient for a given total study size.
For example, even a threemonth study of lung function in children will generally show an upward trend due to growth, as well as learning effects (Pope and Schwartz, 1996). g. changes in lung function over time may depend on the baseline level (Schouten and Tager, 1996). e. the value of a continuous outcome measure on a particular day may be correlated with the value for the previous day. Furthermore, previous exposure may be as relevant as, or more relevant than, current exposure. For example, the effects of air pollution may depend on exposure on preceding days as well as on the current day (Pope and Schwartz, 1996).
The proportion in all births nationally. In doing so, we not only wish to estimate the size of the observed association, but also whether an association as large as this is likely to have arisen by chance, if in fact there is no causal association between exposure and disease. The pvalue is the probability that differences as large or larger as those observed could have arisen by chance if the null hypothesis (of no association between exposure and disease) is correct. g. 05). The limitations of statistical significance testing are discussed in chapter 12.