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Discuss how risk in different study groups can be compared. Explain the goals of data collection and analysis.

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Discuss how risk in different study groups can be compared
Risk factors are calculated at rates of incidents one disease to another. The study groups
can be like factors or completely different depending on what the researcher needs to investigate.
Usually the research would look at like studies to understand the incidence of rate for getting
certain disease in a given population. The group may have same or different risk factors to give
the researcher a comparative factor for the study
(http://www.ehow.com/how_4842807_calculate-relative-risk-epidemiology.html).
Epidemiology is becoming a growing area of research for many seasoned and new
researchers. The field of epidemiology covers the impact of disease of the public. It has been
years since we have had a profound illness such as the influenza of 1918 but the environment is
such that another pandemic could happen anytime. Epidemiology risks search out the prevalence
of disease by the reporting of certain symptoms to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This
branch of monitoring keeps vigilance on the rise of symptoms in areas of the country that may
indicate a serious outbreak of a disease. This way, they can put resources in these areas to help
healthcare organizations treat the patients and manage the illness
(http://www.springer.com/public+health/book/978-1-4419-0163-7)
Risk factors for stroke have been well studied. As mentioned above, age (older), race
(black) and sex (male) are all strong risk factors. People with atrial fibrillation have a very high
risk of stroke compared to the general population and hence the importance ...

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Risk factors are analyzed. References are also provided to justify the assertions.

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