Survival analysis using Medicare data: example and methods

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

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Aged; Data Interpretation, Statistical; Health Maintenance Organizations; Health Services Research; Hospices; Humans; Kidney Failure, Chronic; Medicare; *Mortality; Outcome Assessment (Health Care); Proportional Hazards Models; *Survival Analysis; United States


Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research


OBJECTIVE: To describe key methods and issues in conducting survival analyses, especially using Medicare (and other) administrative data.

PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Survival analyses are rich , informative, and underutilized methods for examining out comes whose timing is important . Medicare files contain the necessary information for conducting such analyses, including identification of cohorts, definition of events, censoring of observations, and adjustment for covariates.

CONCLUSION: Survival analyses can readily be conducted using the information contained in administrative data files.

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Citation: Health Serv Res. 2000 Dec;35(5 Pt 3):86-101. Link to article on publisher's site

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Health services research

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