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Comparative review of methods for handling drop-out in longitudinal studies

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Pete PhilipsonORCiD, Weang Kee Ho, Professor Robin Henderson


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Longitudinal data analysis is frequently complicated by drop-out. In this paper we consider several methods for dealing with drop-out afflicted data. Along with a general comparison, particular attention is paid to the consequences of model misspecification. The purpose of our approach is two-fold. We first deliberate the form of the drop-out model and compare two alternatives. Furthermore, the extent to which each method is dependent on its core assumptions is assessed through scenarios where one or more such assumptions are compromised. Second, the extent to which we can identify adequacy of model fit is investigated via recently developed diagnostics. These twin targets are pursued via simulation scenarios and application to a schizophrenia trial of over 500 patients with near 50 per cent drop-out. Copyright (C) 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Author(s): Philipson PM, Ho WK, Henderson R

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Statistics in Medicine: 28th Annual Conference of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics

Year of Conference: 2008

Pages: 6276-6298

ISSN: 0277-6715

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


DOI: 10.1002/sim.3450

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ISBN: 10970258