Study designs

James R. Borchers, Thomas Best

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Within epidemiological research there are a number of study designs that can be used to answer the research question. All of these designs have pros and cons, as well as do's and don'ts. This chapter provides a clear overview of the different study designs available, and the pitfalls, as well as strengths and weaknesses. It shows how to match the proper study design to research questions, and also how to judge the study design used in other studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSports Injury Research
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191722479
ISBN (Print)9780199561629
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Case control
  • Prospective
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Retrospective
  • Study design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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