AN ILLNESS-DEATH PROCESS WITH TIME-DEPENDENT COVARIATES
A general model for the illness-death stochastic process with covariates has been developed for the analysis of survival data. This model incorporates important baseline and time-dependent covariates to make proper adjustment for the transition probabilities and survival probabilities. The follow-up period is subdivided into small intervals and a constant hazard is assumed for each interval. An approximation formula is derived to estimate the transition parameters when the exact transition time is unknown. The method developed is illustrated by using data from a study on the prevention of the recurrence of a myocardial infarction and subsequent mortality, the Beta-Blocker Heart Attack Trial (BHAT). This method provides an analytical approach which simultaneously includes provision for both fatal and nonfatal events in the model. According to this analysis, the effectiveness of the treatment can be compared between the Placebo and Propranolol treatment groups with respect to fatal and nonfatal events.
CHIANG, YU KUN, "AN ILLNESS-DEATH PROCESS WITH TIME-DEPENDENT COVARIATES" (1984). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI8505171.