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March 31, 2009

The following criteria can be used to judge causality:

  • The magnitude of the association
  • Consistency (same effect shown in different studies carried out in different populations).
  • Temporal relationship (cause must precede effect)
  • Coherence of explanation (also known as biological plausibility).
  • Dose-response relationship.

via Science-Based Medicine » Hyping Health Risks.

Why is it that people just don’t get causation does not indicate correlation?

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