- Letter to the Editor
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Letter to editor: The waist circumference-adjusted associations between hyperuricemia and other lifestyle-related diseases: methodological issues in cross-sectional study
© The Author(s) 2017
- Received: 25 March 2017
- Accepted: 8 April 2017
- Published: 11 April 2017
- Methodological issues
- Cross-sectional study
Miyagami et al.  evaluated the predictive performance hyperuricemia on several lifestyle-related diseases in a cross-sectional study, whereas longitudinal researches are necessary for making assumptions in clinical prediction models . In other words, assurance of the temporality assumption presence (the dependent variable has to occur after the independent variable) is essential in the prediction model. Thus, prediction models resulting from cross-sectional designs can be misleading [2, 3].
Considering the predictive performance of hyperuricemia on several lifestyle-related diseases is an optimistic interpretation. The internal and external validation of the prediction model must be done through bootstrapping and split-validation, respectively .
Therefore, according to the above explanation, it is necessary considering to this point in interpretation of results of this study for readers.
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