Medicine, health care and philosophy

TitleEpidemiology and causation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsDe Vreese, L
JournalMedicine, health care and philosophy
Volume12
Number3
Pagination345–353
ISSN1386-7423
Abstract

Epidemiologists’ discussions on causation are not always very enlightening with regard to the notion of ‘cause’ in epidemiology. Epidemiologists rightly work from a science-based approach to causation in epidemiology, but largely disagree about the matter. Disagreement may be partly due to confusion of the question of useful concepts for causal inference in epidemiological practice with the question of the metaphysical presuppositions of causal concepts used in epidemiology. In other words, epidemiologists seem to confuse the practical results of epidemiological research at the population level with the metaphysical views about the reality of disease causation at the individual level in their writings on causation.

DOI10.1007/s11019-009-9184-0
Citation Key732259
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