Pitfalls and Potholes

Data Issues to Consider When Analyzing State Opioid Policies, September 14, 2020

by Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Rosanna Smart, Bradley D. Stein

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The webinar focused on data dimensions that researchers should keep in mind when conducting analyses of state opioid policies and when seeking to draw conclusions from studies, including the policy definitions data curators are using and which attributes of a policy are being evaluated from study to study.

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