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The Pros and Cons of Propensity ScoresPropensity Scores

David L. Streiner, PhD; Geoffrey R. Norman, PhD
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From the Department of Psychiatry (Dr Streiner), University of Toronto, Toronto; and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences (Dr Streiner) and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Dr Norman)McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.

Correspondence to: David L. Streiner, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, 100 W 5th St, Box 585, Hamilton, ON, L8N 3K7, Canada; e-mail: streiner@mcmaster.ca


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Chest. 2012;142(6):1380-1382. doi:10.1378/chest.12-1920
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Propensity scores have been proposed as a method of equating groups at baseline, which is a problem, especially in studies that do not use randomization. This article discusses some difficulties with the technique that may jeopardize the findings if users (and readers) are not aware of these problems.

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