Methods for analyzing health care utilization and costs

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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


Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research


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.

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Citation: Annu Rev Public Health. 1999;20:125-44. Link to article on publisher's site

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Annual review of public health

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