[R] Binary outcome with non-absorbing outcome state

From: John Sorkin <jsorkin_at_grecc.umaryland.edu>
Date: Fri 29 Jul 2005 - 21:17:07 EST

I am trying to model data in which subjects are followed through time to determine if they fall, or do not fall. Some of the subjects fall once, some fall several times. Follow-up time varies from subject to subject. I know how to model time to the first fall (e.g. Cox Proportional Hazards, Kaplan-Meir analyses, etc.) but I am not sure how I can model the data if I include the data for those subjects who fall more than once. I would appreciate suggestions about a models that I could use, how I would quantify the follow-up time, how I account for the imbalance in the data (some subjects would contribute one outcome measure, others multiple measures), etc.  

Many thanks,

John Sorkin M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Biostatistics and Informatics
Baltimore VA Medical Center GRECC and
University of Maryland School of Medicine Claude Pepper OAIC  

University of Maryland School of Medicine Division of Gerontology
Baltimore VA Medical Center
10 North Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1524  


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