Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Rate

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2928

Definition

A measure of a part with respect to a whole. Epidemiological rates can be broken into three general categories: crude rates, specific rates, and adjusted rates. A rate measures the probability of occurrence of some particular event. A rate is expressed as: \( x\times k/y \)

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