Summarising censored survival data using the mean residual life function.

  title={Summarising censored survival data using the mean residual life function.},
  author={Alberto Alvarez-Iglesias and John W. Newell and Carl John Scarrott and John Hinde},
  journal={Statistics in medicine},
  volume={34 11},
The mean residual life function provides a clear and simple summary of the effect of a treatment or a risk factor in units of time, avoiding hazard ratios or probability scales, which require careful interpretation. Estimation of the mean residual life is complicated by the upper tail of the survival distribution not being observed as, for example, patients may still be alive at the end of the follow-up period. Various approaches have been developed to estimate the mean residual life in the… CONTINUE READING
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