[R] Relative Risk in logistic regression

John Sorkin jsorkin at grecc.umaryland.edu
Wed Jan 30 17:26:35 CET 2013

```If you use a log link, you are not, I believe, performing a logistic regression!

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(Fax) 410-605-7913 (Please call phone number above prior to faxing)>>> "Kevin E. Thorpe" <kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca> 1/30/2013 11:22 AM >>>
On 01/30/2013 11:17 AM, John Sorkin wrote:
> I am not sure why one would want a relative risk from a logistic
> regression. The measure of association from a logistic regression is the
> odds ratio, not the relative risk.
> John
>

Yes, the natural measure, when using the logit link, is the OR.  I
always use that myself, but if you use the log link, you get RR.  As for
why you would, I would suggest it's because physicians think they
understand a RR better than and OR.

> "Kevin E. Thorpe" <kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca> 1/30/2013 11:14 AM >>>
> On 01/30/2013 09:02 AM, nalluri pratap wrote:
>  > Relative risk = exp(coef(model))
>  >
>
> Only if you fit using the log link.  Using the logit link, this gives
> odds ratios.
>
>  > --- On Wed, 30/1/13, aminreza Aamini <amin.r.fan at gmail.com> wrote:
>  >
>  >
>  > From: aminreza Aamini <amin.r.fan at gmail.com>
>  > Subject: [R] Relative Risk in logistic regression
>  > To: "R-help" <R-help at r-project.org>
>  > Date: Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 4:19 PM
>  >
>  >
>  > Hi all,
>  > I am very grateful to all those who write to me
>  > 1) how i  can  obtain relative risk (risk ratio) in logistic
> regression in R.
>  > 2) how to obtain  the predicted risk for a certain individual using
>  > fitted regression model in R.
>  >
>  >
>  > Amin.
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