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2 Aetiology

Identification of determinants that are involved in the cause, risk or development of disease, conditions and ill health

Identification and characterisation of determinants that are involved in the cause, risk and development of diseases or conditions. This includes most epidemiological research including studies aimed at understanding behaviours.

Excludes investigation of the mechanism of action of treatments (see 5 Treatment Development or 6 Treatment Evaluation) or studies relating to health services (see 8 Health Services).