cross-sectional study

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cross-sectional study

[¦krȯs ¦sek·shən·əl ′stəd·ē]
(psychology)
The study of groups of individuals differing on the basis of specified criteria (for example, age) at the same point in time.

cross-sectional study

a method of examining a varied population at one point in time in order to gather data about people at different life stages, or in different circumstances. This method contrasts with LONGITUDINAL STUDIES which investigate groups over a time period, in order to observe the developmental process, the influence of changing circumstances. The advantage of cross-sectional study is that it is quicker, not dependent on changing resources or research teams, and reduces extraneous variables resulting from the passage of time. The disadvantage is that no account of change can be given.
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A cross-sectional survey, using a five-point Likert scale, was conducted from July 2015 to June 2016 to know about awareness and practices to maintain stethoscope hygiene in 50 medical students, 50 residents and 50 physicians at Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi (AKUH) by simple random sampling.
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Summary: The most recent cross-sectional survey examined 4,200 samples from both expatriates and Emiratis
A descriptive cross-sectional survey was conducted.
The researchers evaluated rates of cigarette use among more than 8,500 pregnant women enrolled in the National Study on Drug Use and Health, an annual cross-sectional survey of the U.
ATLANTA -- Results from a large cross-sectional survey of adults who meet diagnostic symptom criteria for chronic rhinosinusitis reveal that most report suffering significant symptoms, high rates of physician visits, and dissatisfaction with current intranasal steroid sprays.
This study used a cross-sectional survey of 112 elementary school children with spina bifida who regularly attended scheduled follow-up appointments at the spina bifida clinic of a children's hospital in Seoul, Korea, and their parents.
Methods: This cross-sectional survey was conducted in the Department of Pediatrics, Darul Sehat hospital from 1st December 2014 to 28th February 2015.
The cross-sectional survey was conducted in community settings of eight cancer centers in Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee.
In three of the studies reported in this issue, researchers used a cross-sectional survey design to collect quantitative data (Fennessey, 2016; Vicensi et al.
18 The first cross-sectional survey represented the baseline survey and was conducted prior to the distribution of the bednets to intervention villages in December and during short rains.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey of sexual behavior among a sample of MSM was conducted in two HIV counseling and testing clinics in Beijing.