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Retrospective Studies

"Retrospective Studies" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

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Studies used to test etiologic hypotheses in which inferences about an exposure to putative causal factors are derived from data relating to characteristics of persons under study or to events or experiences in their past. The essential feature is that some of the persons under study have the disease or outcome of interest and their characteristics are compared with those of unaffected persons.


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This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Retrospective Studies" by people in this website by year, and whether "Retrospective Studies" was a major or minor topic of these publications.
Bar chart showing 4490 publications over 37 distinct years, with a maximum of 461 publications in 2014
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