University of Victoria

Methodological Biases in Meta-Analytic Techniques: Investigating the Impact of Different Types of Drinker Misclassification Errors on Risk Estimates in Alcohol-Disease Associations

Statistical analyses have linked alcohol consumption to various disease outcomes. Our research explored the potential impact of four commonly encountered drinker misclassification errors on the accuracy of risk estimates in the alcohol-breast cancer relationship. These errors often arise from including former or occasional drinkers in an abstainer reference group when estimating risk.

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