Case control studies are a vital research design in pharmacoepidemiology that allows researchers to examine the associations between medication use and health outcomes. These studies involve comparing individuals with a specific outcome (cases) to individuals without the outcome (controls) and assessing their prior exposure to medications or other factors of interest. By retrospectively analyzing data, case-control studies provide valuable insights into the potential causal relationships between medication use and adverse events. In this article, we will delve into the significance of case-control studies in pharmacoepidemiology, their methodology, strengths, limitations, and contributions to improving medication safety and patient outcomes.
PATH: PHARMD/ PHARMD NOTES/ PHARMD FIFTH YEAR NOTES/ PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY AND PHARMACOECONOMICS/ CASE CONTROL STUDIES.