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Survival analysis using Medicare data: example and methods
Quantitative Health Sciences Publications and Presentations
  • Beth A. Virnig
  • Arlene S. Ash, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Sara Kind
  • Douglas E. Mesler, Boston University
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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
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Aged; Data Interpretation, Statistical; Health Maintenance Organizations; Health Services Research; Hospices; Humans; Kidney Failure, Chronic; Medicare; *Mortality; Outcome Assessment (Health Care); Proportional Hazards Models; *Survival Analysis; United States
OBJECTIVE: To describe key methods and issues in conducting survival analyses, especially using Medicare (and other) administrative data. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Survival analyses are rich , informative, and underutilized methods for examining out comes whose timing is important . Medicare files contain the necessary information for conducting such analyses, including identification of cohorts, definition of events, censoring of observations, and adjustment for covariates. CONCLUSION: Survival analyses can readily be conducted using the information contained in administrative data files.
Health Serv Res. 2000 Dec;35(5 Pt 3):86-101. Link to article on publisher's site
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Beth A. Virnig, Arlene S. Ash, Sara Kind and Douglas E. Mesler. "Survival analysis using Medicare data: example and methods" Vol. 35 Iss. 5 Pt 3 (2000) ISSN: 0017-9124 (Linking)
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