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Doctor Shi Xi's lecture notice

Publish Date: 2013/09/16 08:59:44    Hits:

Topic:A risk analysis based on a two-stage delayed diagnosis regression model with application to chronic disease progression

Time:2013.09.11, 2:00——3:30

Location: A928

Lecturer:Doctor Shi Xin


This paper presents a two-stage regression model for quantifying different stages of a disease progression with delayed diagnosis time and for identifying the risk factors associated with each stage. Conventional chronic disease progression studies reported replied on the assumption that the time of the confirmation of a disease state by diagnosis is the start time of this disease state. Clearly this will lead to biased estimates of progression since the disease state should have already occurred before the diagnosis, but the true occurrence time is unknown. This later confirmation is called the delayed diagnosis in this paper and a delay-time modelling procedure is developed for the identification of the unknown stages of progression. A hazard-based regression model is also proposed for a further risk analysis. We apply the developed methods to hepatitis C data and the analysis shows that considering the delayed diagnosis significantly improved the model fit in comparison with the conventional model. We also find that the risk factors associated with each stage are more significant, particularly in the second stage of progression, than those based on the conventional model. We conclude that such delayed phenomena in diagnosis should be taken into account when modelling the chronic disease progression process and conducting related risk analysis.

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