Age-period-cohort effects

Variation in disease prevalence over time and across the life-course reflects a combination of processes that vary by age, time period, and birth cohorts. Understanding the extent to which variation in disease rates reflect these processes help to guide hypotheses about etiologic mechanisms, and practically, guides researchers in the best practices for conducting and presenting surveillance. However, methods to assess age, period, and cohort effects have been controversial.
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