Invited Commentary: Considerations about Specificity of Associations, Causal Pathways, and Heterogeneity in Multilevel Thinking

TitleInvited Commentary: Considerations about Specificity of Associations, Causal Pathways, and Heterogeneity in Multilevel Thinking
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsGalea, S, Ahern, J
JournalAmerican Journal of Epidemiology
Volume163
Pagination1079-1082
Date Published05
ISSN Number0002-9262
KeywordsCognition, Cognition & Reasoning, Heterogeneity, Thinking
Abstract

During the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of multilevel modeling in epidemiologic analysis. There were 10 times as many papers in Index Medicus identified by the terms “multilevel” and “epidemiology” in 2005 than there were in 1995. In recent years, the American Journal of Epidemiology has published papers that use multilevel analyses to consider the associations between group-level characteristics and a range of health indicators (1–7). Accompanying these content-specific contributions have been several discussions of the strengths and limitations of multilevel modeling techniques (8, 9) and the rationale for applying these methods to public health (10, 11).

URLhttps://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwj177
DOI10.1093/aje/kwj177
Citation Key10.1093/aje/kwj177