Reading Mendelian randomisation studies: a guide, glossary, and checklist for clinicians

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Abstract

Mendelian randomisation uses genetic variation as a natural experiment to investigate the causal relations between potentially modifiable risk factors and health outcomes in observational data. As with all epidemiological approaches, findings from Mendelian randomisation studies depend on specific assumptions. We provide explanations of the information typically reported in Mendelian randomisation studies that can be used to assess the plausibility of these assumptions and guidance on how to interpret findings from Mendelian randomisation studies in the context of other sources of evidence
Original languageEnglish
Article numberk601
Number of pages11
JournalBMJ
Volume362
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2018

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