## Is odds ratio relative risk?

Odds Ratios and Relative Risks are often confused despite being unique concepts. The basic difference is that the odds ratio is a ratio of two odds (yep, it’s that obvious) whereas the relative risk is a ratio of two probabilities. (The relative risk is also called the risk ratio). Let’s look at an example.

**How do you calculate relative risk and attributable risk?**

To calculate the attributable risk, one simply subtracts the risk for the non-exposed group from the risk for the exposed group. Thus, attributable risk is sometimes called the Risk Difference, or Excess Risk. The excess risk is “attributed” to the exposure.

**What does an odds ratio of 5 mean?**

Simply put, an odds ratio of 5 (i.e. 5 times greater likelihood) shows a much stronger association than odds ratio of 3, which in turn is stronger than an odds ratio of 1.5. Lastly, the odds ratio tells us the direction of the association between the factor and the outcome.

### How do you interpret relative risk?

A relative risk of one implies there is no difference of the event if the exposure has or has not occurred. If the relative risk is greater than 1, then the event is more likely to occur if there was exposure. If the relative risk is less than 1, then the event is less likely to occur if there was exposure.

**What is the difference between relative and absolute risk?**

The same absolute risk can be expressed in different ways. For example, say you have a 1 in 10 risk of developing a certain disease in your life. Relative risk is used to compare the risk in two different groups of people. For example, the groups could be smokers and non-smokers.

**What does a risk ratio of 3 mean?**

Risk Ratio vs Odds Ratio A RR of 3 means the risk of an outcome is increased threefold. A RR of 0.5 means the risk is cut in half. But an OR of 3 doesn’t mean the risk is threefold; rather the odds is threefold greater. Interpretation of an OR must be in terms of odds, not probability.

## What does an odds ratio of 3 mean?

Risk Ratio vs Odds Ratio A RR of 3 means the risk of an outcome is increased threefold. A RR of 0.5 means the risk is cut in half. But an OR of 3 doesn’t mean the risk is threefold; rather the odds is threefold greater.

**How do you calculate relative risk ratio?**

Relative Risk is calculated by dividing the probability of an event occurring for group 1 (A) divided by the probability of an event occurring for group 2 (B). Relative Risk is very similar to Odds Ratio, however, RR is calculated by using percentages, whereas Odds Ratio is calculated by using the ratio of odds.

**Should I use odds ratio or risk ratio?**

Be careful of using the risk ratio. An odds ratio is meaningful at any prevalence, but a risk ratio can produce estimates of risk that are greater than 100% in cases where the baseline prevalence is high enough. For example, where the baseline risk is 60% a relative risk of 2 gives a predicted risk of 120%.

### When to use relative risk?

Relative Risk (RR) is often used when the study involves comparing the likelihood, or chance, of an event occurring between two groups . Relative Risk is considered a descriptive statistic, not an inferential statistic; as it does not determine statistical significance.

**What does relative risk tell us?**

Relative risk is the number that tells you how much something you do, such as maintaining a healthy weight, can change your risk compared to your risk if you’re very overweight. Relative risk can be expressed as a percentage decrease or a percentage increase.