The analysis of competing events like cause-specific mortality--beware of the Kaplan-Meier method.

@article{Verduijn2011TheAO,
  title={The analysis of competing events like cause-specific mortality--beware of the Kaplan-Meier method.},
  author={Marion Verduijn and Diana Carina Grootendorst and Friedo Wilhelm Dekker and Kitty J. Jager and Saskia le Cessie},
  journal={Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association},
  year={2011},
  volume={26 1},
  pages={56-61}
}
Kaplan-Meier analysis is a popular method used for analysing time-to-event data. In case of competing event analyses such as that of cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular mortality, however, the Kaplan-Meier method profoundly overestimates the cumulative mortality probabilities for each of the separate causes of death. This article provides an introduction to the problem of competing events in Kaplan-Meier analysis. It explains cumulative incidence competing risk analysis and demonstrates on a… CONTINUE READING

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