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The ‘well control’ artefact in case/control studies of specific psychiatric disorders

  • Sharon Schwartz (a1) and Bruce G. Link (a1)
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An appropriate choice of controls in case/control studies of specific psychiatric disorders is crucial for valid risk-factor assessment. One suggested approach to control-group selection, the use of a well control group, is the focus of this paper. While using well controls has intuitive appeal, this paper shows that such a procedure can lead to ambiguous and biased results.

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1Address for correspondence: Dr Sharon Schwartz, Social Psychiatry Research Unit, Columbia University, 100 Haven Avenue, Tower III 19E, New York, New York 10032, USA.
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Psychological Medicine
  • ISSN: 0033-2917
  • EISSN: 1469-8978
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