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Revista Ecuatoriana de Neurología

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DEL BRUTTO, Oscar H.  y  ZAMBRANO, Mauricio. Atahualpa, an optimal rural setting for the practice of epidemiological studies. Rev Ecuat Neurol [online]. 2017, vol.26, n.2, pp.88-94. ISSN 2631-2581.

Atahualpa is a rural village located in coastal Ecuador that achieves a number of requisites to be considered as an optimal setting for the practice of epidemiological studies. Atahualpa is an isolated village with a very low index of migration rate. Inhabitants are fairly homogeneous regarding race, lifestyles and diet, which is rich in oily fish. From the racial point of view, inhabitants are Ecuadorian natives with little evidence of cross-breading. Most men are artisan carpenters and most women are homemakers. These coincidences reduce the risk of the presence of unexpected confounders at the time of data analyses. However, this may also cause that data obtained might not be extrapolated to other regions. The practice of studies in neighboring villages, using similar protocols, is needed to validate generality of data obtained in Atahualpa.

Palabras clave : Atahualpa; population-based study; rural settings; epidemiology; Ecuador..

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