Observational study

A study that collects health information about study participants without changing their medical care.

How to say: Observational study

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An example of an observational study is studying lung health in smokers vs non-smokers.

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In an observational study, data will be collected about each participant but there won’t be a study treatment given.

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For example, an observational study might enroll participants to see whether, over time, those who report eating a vegetarian diet have lower blood pressure than those who eat meat.

Data are collected using questionnaires, lab tests, medical records, and historical datasets.

WORDS RELATED TO OBSERVATIONAL STUDY

natural history study

cohort study

case control study

WORDS OPPOSITE TO OBSERVATIONAL STUDY

clinical trial

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