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Ezra Susser, Sharon Schwartz, Alfredo Morabia, and Evelyn Bromet

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195101812

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101812.001.0001

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Event Time Analysis

Event Time Analysis

Chapter:
(p.308) 26 Event Time Analysis
Source:
Psychiatric Epidemiology
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Ezra Susser (Contributor Webpage)

Sharon Schwartz

Alfredo Morabia

Evelyn J. Bromet

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101812.003.26

This chapter describes statistical methods for taking account of unequal attrition, that is, different follow-up times across exposed and unexposed groups in a cohort study. It considers methods for analyzing time to an event as an outcome in its own right. The chapter defines the outcome as the time until disease onset. From this perspective, a nondiseased subject in the study is not a control as in a case-control study, but someone who has not yet developed the disease. To analyze disease incidence data from this perspective, methods that come under the interchangeable headings of survival analysis, time-to-event analysis, or failure-time analysis are used.

Keywords:   statistical methods, attrition, follow-up times, cohort study, survival analysis, time-to-event analysis, failure-time analysis

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