From: Ralph Stuart <rstuartcih**At_Symbol_Here**ICLOUD.COM>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Health risk assessment
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:06:34 -0500
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>Does anyone know of a "health risk assessment" wherein the results of same have been verified? And if not, is the process of "health risk assessment" consistent with the scientific method?

Depending on the definitions of the words involved, there are a variety of possible levels of verification that can apply to a "health risk assessment":
- in individual cases reviewed by medical professionals,
- at the population level through epidemiological evidence, or
- at the regulatory level which includes a cost/benefit analysis.
All of these include a mixture of scientific elements and professional judgement in applying applicable data to the target population of interest. This mixture means that the level of clarity of verification can vary from case to case.

Perhaps that's helpful.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart

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