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retrospective study

Definition of Retrospective Study

(noun) A study that looks at data from past events.

Example of Retrospective Study

  • Reviewing patients’ medical histories in a city to compare the rates of death among smokers and nonsmokers.

Retrospective Study Pronunciation

Usage Notes

  • Plural: retrospective studies
  • Also called historic cohort study.

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Cite the Definition of Retrospective Study

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “retrospective study.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/retrospective-study/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

retrospective study. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/retrospective-study/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “retrospective study.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/retrospective-study/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“retrospective study.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/retrospective-study/>.