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Epidemiological Methods in Life Course Research$
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Andrew Pickles, Barbara Maughan, and Michael Wadsworth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198528487

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528487.001.0001

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An overview of methods for studying events and their timing

An overview of methods for studying events and their timing

(p.221) Chapter 9 An overview of methods for studying events and their timing
Epidemiological Methods in Life Course Research

Andrew Pickles

Bianca De Stavola

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the concepts of censoring and time scales, and introduces proportional hazards, accelerated failure time, and proportional odds models. More complex models for competing events, for multiple events of the same and of different types, and for multistate processes are considered. Errors in the dating of events are discussed. For profiles of event occurrence over an extended period, the chapter illustrates a typological analysis. Finally, the problem of time-varying confounding is described and ways in which it can be addressed using marginal structural models and G-estimation considered.

Keywords:   censoring, proportional hazards, accelerated failure time models, proportional odds survival models, competing risks models, time-varying confounders

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