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Activity Number: 458
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: ENAR
Abstract - #307328
Title: A Joint Model of Recurrent Events and a Terminal Event with a Nonparametric Covariate Function
Author(s): Zhangsheng Yu*+ and Lei Liu
Companies: Indiana University School of Medicine and University of Virginia
Address: , Indianapolis, IN, 46254,
Keywords: Proportional hazards model ; counting process ; informative censoring ; smoothing parameter ; survival analysis

We extend the shared frailty model of recurrent events and a dependent terminal event to allow for a nonparametric covariate function. A Gaussian random effect (frailty) is included in the intensity functions of both the recurrent and terminal events to capture correlation between the two processes. The penalized cubic spline method is employed to describe the nonparametric covariate function in the recurrent events model. Laplace approximation is used to evaluate the marginal penalized partial likelihood without a closed form. We also propose the variance estimates for regression coefficients. Numerical analysis results show that the proposed estimates perform well for both the nonparametric and parametric components. We apply this method to analyze the hospitalization rate of patients with heart failure in the presence of death.

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