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Exercise 5.3: Journal Article Analysis – 65 Points

Getting Started

Directions: Read the article. Then, respond to each question in one or two sentences (5 points each – 0 if skipped, 3 if reasonable attempt but inaccurate or missed the point of the question; 4 if basically correct but with something erroneous, 5 if fully correct)

Question & Answer

Points

1. What public health problem is the study described in this article attempting to address?

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2. What is the research hypothesis that this study aims to test?

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3. What type of epidemiologic study is this?

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4. What is the independent variable in this study?

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5. What is the (primary) dependent variable in this study?

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6. How were cases of brain cancer ascertained in this study?

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7. What broader population do you believe the sample of cases represents? (this will determine the population to which the results of the study can ultimately be generalized)

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8. What exclusion criteria were used?

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9. What kind of comparison group was used in this study? How were they selected? Of what broader population is this group intended to be representative?

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10. What measure of association was calculated in this study? What statistical test was used to test its significance?

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11. What did the study find?

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12. What practical application do the results of this study have for clinical care of patients?

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13. What practical application do the results of this study have for public health policy in Canadian provinces?

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Total

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