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 (kən-found′, kŏn-)
tr.v. con·found·ed, con·found·ing, con·founds
1. To cause to become confused or perplexed. See Synonyms at perplex.
2. To fail to distinguish; mix up: Don't confound fiction and fact.
3. To make (something bad) worse: Do not confound the problem by losing your temper.
4. To cause to be ashamed; abash: an invention that confounded the skeptics.
5. Used in mild curses: Confound you!
a. To frustrate or thwart: trivial demands that confounded the peace talks.
b. Archaic To defeat or overthrow (an enemy).

[Middle English confounden, from Anglo-Norman confundre, from Latin cōnfundere, to mix together, confuse : com-, com- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]

con·found′er n.
con·found′ing·ly adv.
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Suppose there is an unmeasured confounder. Because we are conducting a time-series analysis, the confounder must be correlated with exposure and outcome over time (but within month).
Because the included studies were all observational, a final sensitivity analysis was done to assess the possible effect of unknown and unmeasured confounders. This revealed that an unmeasured confounder would have to be severely imbalanced between the acid-suppression users and nonusers, by an odds ratio of 10, or would have to increase the risk of CDI by at least twofold to account for this association.
That is, rather than assume an M structural design which suggests that "X" is a collider but not a confounder, the authors adopt what they consider to be a more reasonable position and that is "X" is both a collider and confounder.
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However, one of the most prominent limitations of observational studies based on those data sources is the lack of important confounder information.
The study authors recommend that future EDC studies consider whether a confounder might have a sex-specific impact on the outcome of interest and incorporate the augmented product term approach in statistical analysis to reduce the risk of inaccurate conclusions.
After confounder adjustment, lean multivitamin users had a 71% reduction in pre-eclampsia risk compared with lean non-users.
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