miRecSurv Package: Prentice-Williams-Peterson Models with Multiple Imputation of Unknown Number of Previous Episodes

David Moriña*, Gilma Hernández-Herrera, Albert Navarro

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Abstract

Left censoring can occur with relative frequency when analyzing recurrent events in epidemiological studies, especially observational ones. Concretely, the inclusion of individuals that were already at risk before the effective initiation in a cohort study may cause the unawareness of prior episodes that have already been experienced, and this will easily lead to biased and inefficient estimates. The miRecSurv package is based on the use of models with specific baseline hazard, with multiple imputation of the number of prior episodes when unknown by means of the COMPoisson distribution, a very flexible count distribution that can handle over, sub, and equidispersion, with a stratified model depending on whether the individual had or had not previously been at risk, and the use of a frailty term. The usage of the package is illustrated by means of a real data example based on an occupational cohort study and a simulation study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-426
Number of pages8
JournalR Journal
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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