# Flexible Parametric Survival Analysis Using Stata

## Beyond the Cox Model

339 pages

Paperback: 9781597180795
pub: 2011-08-04
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Through real-world case studies, this book shows how to use Stata to estimate a class of flexible parametric survival models. It discusses the modeling of time-dependent and continuous covariates and looks at how relative survival can be used to measure mortality associated with a particular disease when the cause of death has not been recorded. The book describes simple quantification of differences between any two covariate patterns through calculation of time-dependent hazard ratios, hazard differences, and survival differences.

Introduction

Goals

A brief review of the Cox proportional hazards model

Beyond the Cox model

Why parametric models?

Why not standard parametric models?

A brief introduction to stpm

Basic relationships in survival analysis

Comparing models

The delta method

How our book is organized

Using stset and stsplit

What is the stset command?

Some key concepts

Syntax of the stset command

Variables created by the stset command

Examples of using stset

The stsplit command

Conclusion

Graphical introduction to the principal datasets

Introduction

Rotterdam breast cancer data

England and Wales breast cancer data

Orchiectomy data

Conclusion

Poisson models

Introduction

Modeling rates with the Poisson distribution

Splitting the time scale

Collapsing the data to speed up computation

Splitting at unique failure times

Comparing a different number of intervals

Fine splitting of the time scale

Splines: Motivation and definition

FPs: Motivation and definition

Discussion

Royston–Parmar models

Motivation and introduction

Proportional hazards models

Selecting a spline function

PO models

Probit models

Royston–Parmar (RP) models

Concluding remarks

Prognostic models

Introduction

Developing and reporting a prognostic model

What does the baseline hazard function mean?

Model selection

Quantitative outputs from the model

Goodness of fit

Out-of-sample prediction: Concept and applications

Visualization of survival times

Discussion

Time-dependent effects

Introduction

Definitions

What do we mean by a TD effect?

Proportional on which scale?

Poisson models with TD effects

RP models with TD effects

TD effects for continuous variables

Attained age as the time scale

Multiple time scales

Prognostic models with TD effects

Discussion

Relative survival

Introduction

What is relative survival?

Excess mortality and relative survival

Motivating example

Life-table estimation of relative survival

Poisson models for relative survival

RP models for relative survival

Age as a continuous variable

Concluding remarks

Further topics

Introduction

Number needed to treat

Modeling distributions with RP models

Multiple events

Bayesian RP models

Competing risks

Period analysis

Crude probability of death from relative survival models

Final remarks

References

Author index

Subject index