Binary methods for continuous outcomes: a parametric alternative.

  title={Binary methods for continuous outcomes: a parametric alternative.},
  author={Samy Suissa},
  journal={Journal of clinical epidemiology},
  volume={44 3},
  • Samy Suissa
  • Published 1991 in Journal of clinical epidemiology
Often a "disease" or "state of disease" is defined by a subdomain of a continuous outcome variable. For example, the subdomain of diastolic blood pressure greater than 90 mmHg has been used to define hypertension. The classical method of estimating the risk (or prevalence) of such defined disease states is to dichotomize the outcome variable according to the cutoff value. The standard statistical analysis of such risk of disease then exploits methods developed specifically for binary data… CONTINUE READING


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