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Attributable Risk

Environmental Health

  1. Jacques Benichou

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vaa028

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Benichou, J. 2006. Attributable Risk. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 1.

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  1. University of Rouen Medical School, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Attributable risk (AR) was initially introduced by Levin as a measure to quantify the impact of smoking on lung cancer occurrence. Gradually, it has become a widely used measure to assess the consequences of an association between an environmental exposure factor and a disease at the population level.