3.3 The Framingham Heart Study: Evaluating Risk Factors to Save Lives

3.3 The Framingham Heart Study: Evaluating Risk Factors to Save Lives

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Why was the city of Framingham, Massachusetts selected for this study? Select all that apply.

 It represented all types of people in the United States.  close
 It had an appropriate size.  check
 It had a stable population to observe over time.   check
 It contained an abnormally large number of people with heart disease.  close
 The doctors and residents in Framingham were willing to participate.  check
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Explanation The reasons for Framingham being selected for this study are listed on Slide 4 of the previous video: it had an appropriate size, it had a stable population, and the doctors and residents in the town were willing to participate. However, the city did not represent all types of people in the United States (we'll see later in the lecture how to extend the model to different populations) and there were not an abnormally large number of people with heart disease.

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