Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Risk Marker

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_3045


Risk factor


An aspect of personal behavior or lifestyle, an environmental exposure, or an inborn or inherited characteristic, which on the basis of epidemiological evidence is known to be associated with health‐related condition(s) considered important to prevent. Not necessarily a causal factor but an indicator of an increased probability of occurrence of a disease or other specific outcome–a risk marker.

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