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General Departmental Seminar Series

Brent Logan, PhD
Associate Professor Division of Biostatistics
Department of Population Health Medical College of Wisconsin

Friday, January 23rd, 2009
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
5275 MSC

Marginal models for clustered time to event data with competing risks using pseudo-values

 
ABSTRACT:
Many time-to-event studies are complicated by the presence of competing risks and by nesting of individuals within a cluster, such as patients in the same center in a multi-center study. Several methods have been proposed for modeling the cumulative incidence function with independent observations. However, when subjects are clustered, one needs to account for the presence of a cluster effect either through frailty modeling of the hazard or subdistribution hazard, or by adjusting for the within-cluster correlation in a marginal model.

We propose a method for modeling the marginal cumulative incidence function directly. We compute leave one out pseudo-observations from the cumulative incidence function at several time points. These are used in a generalized estimating equation to model the marginal cumulative incidence curve, and obtain consistent estimates of the model parameters. A sandwich variance estimate is derived to adjust for the within cluster correlation. The method is easy to implement using standard software once the pseudo-values are obtained, and is a generalization of several existing models. Simulation studies show that the method has good operating characteristics. We illustrate the method on a dataset looking at outcomes after bone marrow transplantation.

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