2000 SSC Annual Meeting

2000 Annual Meeting of the SSC in Ottawa

The Analysis of Event History Data

June 4, 2000
Ottawa, Ontario


The Biostatistics Workshop on the Analysis of Event History Data will be led by Professors Richard Cook and Jerry Lawless from the University of Waterloo. Event history analysis deals with events which occur over time to individuals, and has widespread application in biostatistics, epidemiology, and other areas such as demography, economics, and sociology. Examples of events for humans include onset of disease, clinical outcomes related to disease or its treatment, completion of an education program, gaining or losing employment, utilization of health or social services, marriage, divorce, birth and death.

Survival analysis is the most familiar type of event history analysis, and deals with the time to occurrence of some specific event. More generally, we may want to consider the occurrence of several types of event, relationships among the events, and factors which influence the occurrence and timing of the events. This workshop will provide an introduction to important types of event history analysis, beginning with survival analysis and progressing to the analysis of multiple events and multi-state models.

The emphasis will be on methods which can be implemented using existing software. S-Plus will be used in the examples, but other packages (e.g. SAS) will be considered, and both the background and implementation of methodology will be discussed. Applications and examples will be drawn from bronchial disease, cancer treatment, HIV/AIDS epidemiology, neurosurgery, and organ transplantation. The workshop will be aimed at making these techniques accessible to graduate students, biostatisticians out and in of academia, and established researchers. The workshop will also devote a period of time to the review of current or newly developed methodology for the established researcher.

The workshop is sponsored by Glaxo Wellcome Inc. and the Biostatistics Section.