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Activity Number: 244 - New Advances in the Analysis of Competing Risks Data and Interval Censored Data and Related Topics
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 2019 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Lifetime Data Science Section
Abstract #306743 Presentation
Title: Cross-Sectional Length-Biased Semi-Competing Risks Data
Author(s): Alexander C McLain* and Jiajia Zhang and Marie Thoma
Companies: University of South Carolina and University of South Carolina and University of Maryland
Keywords: Length-biased survival; Cross-sectional data; Semi-competing risks

Cross-sectional length-biased data arise from questions on the at-risk time for an event of interest from those who are at-risk, but have yet to experience the event. For example, in the National Survey on Family Growth (NSFG), women who were currently attempting to become pregnant were asked how long they had been attempting pregnancy. Cross-sectional survival analysis methods, use the observed at-risk times to make inference on the distribution of the unobserved time to failure. However, methodological gaps in these methods remain such as how to handle semi-competing risks. For example, if the women attempting pregnancy had undergone fertility treatment during their current pregnancy attempt. In this paper, we develop statistical methods that extend cross-sectional survival analysis methods to incorporate semi-competing risks. We demonstrate our approach based on simulated data and an analysis of data from the NSFG. The proposed method results in separate survival curves for: time-to-pregnancy in the absence of fertility treatment, time until fertility treatment begins, and time-to-pregnancy after fertility treatment begins.

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