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We would like to respond to the letter from Carrie Huisingh and Gerald McGwin.1 They assert that we should have been more technical in our use of the term ‘risk’.2 Our use is supported by the International Dictionary of Epidemiology published by the International Epidemiological Association as the gold standard on the use of epidemiological terms. It describes the use of the term risk in epidemiology as follows: ‘risk: the probability that an event will occur, eg that an individual will become ill or die within a stated period of time or by a certain age. Also, a non-technical term encompassing a variety of measures of the …
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