# What’s the Risk: Differentiating Risk Ratios, Odds Ratios, and Hazard Ratios?

## Summary

Risk ratios, odds ratios, and hazard ratios are three common, but often misused, statistical measures in clinical research. In this paper, the authors dissect what each of these terms define, and provide examples from the medical literature to illustrate each of these statistical measures. Finally, the correct and incorrect methods to use these measures are summarized.

Risk ratios, odds ratios, and hazard ratios are three common, but often misused, statistical measures in clinical research. In this paper, the authors dissect what each of these terms define, and provide examples from the medical literature to illustrate each of these statistical measures.

### Publisher(s):

Springer Nature

### Journal/Book/Website Title

Cureus

### Date Published

26/08/2020

### Volume

12

### Issue

8

### Page(s)

-1

### Peer Reviewed:

Yes

### Reference(Citation):

George, A., Stead, T.S., et al (2020) What's the Risk: Differentiating Risk Ratios, Odds Ratios, and Hazard Ratios?. Cureus 12(8): e10047.

### Author(s)/Associated People:

Andrew George, Thor S. Stead, Latha Ganti

### Country of Publication:

United States

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### Keywords:

### Countries of Subject Matter:

Australia

### Methods

### Output(s)

Journal Article

### DOI:

doi:10.7759/cureus.10047