A general framework for estimating volume-outcome associations from longitudinal data.

@article{French2012AGF,
  title={A general framework for estimating volume-outcome associations from longitudinal data.},
  author={Benjamin French and Farhood Farjah and David R. Flum and Patrick J. Heagerty},
  journal={Statistics in medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={31 4},
  pages={366-82}
}
Recently, there has been much interest in using volume-outcome data to establish causal associations between measures of surgical experience or quality and patient outcomes following a surgical procedure, such as coronary artery bypass graft, total hip replacement, and radical prostatectomy. However, there does not appear to be a standard approach to a volume-outcome analysis with respect to specifying a volume measure and selecting an estimation method. We establish the recurrent marked point… CONTINUE READING

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