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Terms are derived from
Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Practice, 2nd Edition
The Rational Clinical Examination: Evidence-Based Clinical Diagnosis
Care at the Close of Life: Evidence and Experience.
Updated August 2014.
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An observational study can be used to describe many designs that are not randomized trials (eg, cohort studies or case-control studies that have a goal of establishing causation, studies of prognosis, studies of diagnostic tests, and qualitative studies). The term is most often used in the context of cohort studies and case-control studies in which patient or caregiver preference, or happenstance, determines whether a person is exposed to an intervention or putative harmful agent or behavior (in contrast to the exposure’s being under the control of the investigator, as in a randomized trial).
Occurs when an observer’s observations differ systematically according to participant characteristics (eg, making systematically different observations in treatment and control groups). See also
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
A sleep disorder characterized by periods of interrupted breathing during sleep (apnea), shallow breaths or low respiratory rate (hypopnea), and excessive sleepiness during the day.
The ratio of events to non-events; the ratio of the number of study participants experiencing the outcome of interest to the number of study participants not experiencing the outcome of interest.
A ratio of the odds of an event in an exposed group to the odds of the same event in a group that is not exposed.
The odds reduction expresses, for odds, what relative risk reduction expresses for risks. Just as the relative risk reduction is 1 – relative risk, the odds reduction is 1 – relative odds (the relative odds and odds ratio being synonymous). Thus, if a treatment results in an odds ratio of 0.6 for a particular outcome, the treatment reduces the odds for that outcome by 0.4.
Pain that occurs when swallowing.
Questions that offer no specific structure for the respondent’s answers and allow the respondents to answer in their own words.
Local opinion leaders
The value of (health or other) benefits forgone in alternative uses when a resource is used.
Orthotopic liver transplantation
A type of transplantation in which the native liver is removed and the new liver is placed in the same anatomical location. A well-established treatment for end-stage liver disease and liver failure.
While feeling the radial pulse, occlude the brachial artery by cuff inflation or by direct pressure using the other thumb. If the radial artery remains palpable as a firm "tube," the Osler sign is positive. The test's usefulness for detecting pseudohypertension is debatable.
Inflammation of the bone that is almost always due to infection (bacterial or mycobacterial) and frequently associated with overlying soft tissue infections such as diabetic foot ulcers.
The target variable of interest. The variable that is hypothesized to depend on or be caused by another variable, the independent variable. See also
A type of review in which primary research relevant to a question is examined and summarized, and an effort is made to identify all available literature (published or unpublished) that pertains to that question.
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