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Start to complete the information table (Table 1), which then provides the supporting evidence underpinning the rapid risk assessment. If there are high-risk groups identified, an information table should be completed for the general population and for each of the groups identified as being at increased risk. This is because the risks are likely to be very different in the various groups. The information table also acts as a template (log record) for recording the evidence and its quality, and documents sources, gaps and uncertainties, which would be an integral part of the assessment process.
Where gaps in knowledge are identified and further information is required, formulate key questions and if possible get expert assessment of your conclusions from the evidence.
If necessary, ask the expert to identify other experts from outside their group they would recommend speaking to (with contact details if possible). The information table should be updated as further information becomes available, ensuring document control.
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Arnold Bosman posted on 7/5/2011 9:01:11 AM:
We could debate whether or not we are able to 'measure' a causal effect. In my view, what we measure are observations (counts) expressed in numbers, rates, risks for example.
The comparison is already a computation, resulting in an 'effect', which caj be consided an estmation of the effect in the population.
If the effect (e.g. measure of association) is causal or not, cannot be measured, not tested. It can merely be inferred.
marcelius atanga replied on 6/16/2015 10:01:13 AM:
I think even when we take a survey and count, at the end the numbers obtained are only estimates,
and so more important to me is to what extend should an estimate be consider useful, in fact what are tolerable error margins, given that no 2 situations are truely comparable?
Arnold Bosman replied on 6/16/2015 10:33:11 AM:
Perhaps we should open a philosophy wiki?
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