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Methods for analyzing health care utilization and costs
Quantitative Health Sciences Publications and Presentations
  • P. Diehr, University of Washington
  • D. Yanez, University of Washington
  • Arlene S. Ash, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • M. Hornbrook, Kaiser Permanente
  • D. Y. Lin, University of Washington
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
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Data Interpretation, Statistical; Health Care Costs; Health Services; Health Services Needs and Demand; Health Services Research; Humans; *Models, Statistical; United States

Important questions about health care are often addressed by studying health care utilization. Utilization data have several characteristics that make them a challenge to analyze. In this paper we discuss sources of information, the statistical properties of utilization data, common analytic methods including the two-part model, and some newly available statistical methods including the generalized linear model. We also address issues of study design and new methods for dealing with censored data. Examples are presented.

DOI of Published Version
Annu Rev Public Health. 1999;20:125-44. Link to article on publisher's site
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P. Diehr, D. Yanez, Arlene S. Ash, M. Hornbrook, et al.. "Methods for analyzing health care utilization and costs" Vol. 20 (1999) ISSN: 0163-7525 (Linking)
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