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Exercise 5.3: Journal Article Analysis 65 Points Getting Started Directions: Read the article. Then, respond to each question in one or two sentences (5 points each 0 if skipped, 3 if reasonable attempt but inaccurate or missed the point of the question; 4 if basically correct but with something erroneous, 5 if fully correct) Question & Answer Points 1. What public health problem is the study described in this article attempting to address? /5 2. What is the research hypothesis that this study aims to test? /5 3. What type of epidemiologic study is this? /5 4. What is the independent variable in this study? /5 5. What is the (primary) dependent variable in this study? /5 6. How were cases of brain cancer ascertained in this study? /5 7. What broader population do you believe the sample of cases represents? (this will determine the population to which the results of the study can ultimately be generalized) /5 8. What exclusion criteria were used? /5 9. What kind of comparison group was used in this study? How were they selected? Of what broader population is this group intended to be representative? /5 10. What measure of association was calculated in this study? What statistical test was used to test its significance? /5 11. What did the study find? /5 12. What practical application do the results of this study have for clinical care of patients? /5 13. What practical application do the results of this study have for public health policy in Canadian provinces? /5 Total /65