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Biometrics. 1991 Sep;47(3):933-45.

Modelling the influence of risk factors on familial aggregation of disease.

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Section of Medical Statistics, University of Oslo, Norway.


One often observes a familial resemblance of risk factors of disease. The following question then arises: How much familial aggregation of cases of disease would be expected because of this resemblance? This problem is attacked through a particular model where the risk is supposed to depend exponentially on the risk factors. Only pairs of relatives (father/son) are considered. The calculations are performed both with normally distributed risk factors and with particular skewed distributions. An application to coronary heart disease is given.

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