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st: Use of the term 'relative risk ratio'


From   Ronán Conroy <rconroy@rcsi.ie>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Use of the term 'relative risk ratio'
Date   Thu, 21 Apr 2005 11:25:56 +0100

I have a reviewer who is grumbling about the use of 'relative risk ratio' to describe the effect estimates from multinomial logistic regression. And it's the second time this has happened. The reviewer feels that they ought to be called odds ratios, to prevent confusion with relative risks (and that is a good point).

I would like to preserve the distinction between vanilla-flavour odds ratios and relative risk ratios, but am a little unhappy that the term is causing more heat than light.

Has anyone else experienced the problem? Is there a more useful way of describing RRRs out there?

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Ronan M Conroy (rconroy@rcsi.ie) Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics Royal College of Surgeons Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 402 2431 (fax 2764) -------------------- Just say no to drug reps http://www.nofreelunch.org/

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