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Public Health Pancreatic Cancer Study

An investigator wants to assess whether smoking is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. Electronic medical records at a local hospital will be used to identify fifty patients with pancreatic cancer. One hundred patients who are similar but free of pancreatic cancer will also be selected. Each participant's medical record will be analyzed for smoking history. Identify the type of study proposed and indicate its specific strengths and weaknesses.

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This type of study would be a retrospective cohort study. Retrospective cohort studies are used to take a look back on events that already happened (in this case smoking history) and compare the relative risk for a certain outcome (pancreatic ...

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The solution reviews a journal article on Pancreatic Cancer. There is an article break down on the type of study, recruitment methods and the strengths and weaknesses of the study type.