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date: 08 March 2021

Clinical Study (Syn: clinical investigation) 

A Dictionary of Epidemiology

Miquel Porta

An investigation involving persons and aiming to understand or control disease and other Health states in persons. Often—but not exclusively—carried out on patients, by physicians, and in a health care setting. Problems found worthy of investigation in caring for patients are frequently taken to the laboratories; yet the nature and purpose of the investigation often remains clinical, and the laboratory results must be tested again on actual persons—eventually by integrating epidemiological and statistical reasoning with clinical, pathophysiological, and microbiological or preclinical (e.g., genetic) reasoning.... ...

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