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Biologic and Biomonitoring Studies
One of the biggest limitations in conducting a health outcome data review is the difficulty in identifying "exposed" people. Simply living near a facility is a poor indicator of exposure. Individual biological measurements or individual environmental measurements are much better indicators of exposure than residence or employment near a site or facility or distance or duration of residence in the area.
In some cases, biomonitoring data might be available to specifically define or quantify exposures to site contaminants. However, in using biologic or biomonitoring data, it will be important to consider the following:
Although biomonitoring is the best indicator of exposure, because of such limitations it is seldom done
|Last updated: May 30, 2007||ATSDR
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