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Regression models as a tool in medical research

By: Vach, Werner.
Publisher: Boca Raton CRC Press 2013Description: xxi, 473 p.ISBN: 9781466517486.Subject(s): Regression Analysis | Regression analysis | Medicine - Research - Statistical methodsDDC classification: 610.72 Summary: While regression models have become standard tools in medical research, understanding how to properly apply the models and interpret the results is often challenging for beginners. Regression Models as a Tool in Medical Research presents the fundamental concepts and important aspects of regression models most commonly used in medical research, including the classical regression model for continuous outcomes, the logistic regression model for binary outcomes, and the Cox proportional hazards model for survival data. The text emphasizes adequate use, correct interpretation of results, appropriate presentation of results, and avoidance of potential pitfalls. After reviewing popular models and basic methods, the book focuses on advanced topics and techniques. It considers the comparison of regression coefficients, the selection of covariates, the modeling of nonlinear and nonadditive effects, and the analysis of clustered and longitudinal data, highlighting the impact of selection mechanisms, measurement error, and incomplete covariate data. The text then covers the use of regression models to construct risk scores and predictors. It also gives an overview of more specific regression models and their applications as well as alternatives to regression modeling. The mathematical details underlying the estimation and inference techniques are provided in the appendices. Table of content: THE BASICS Why Use Regression Models? Why using simple regression models? Why using multiple regression models? Some basic notation An Introductory Example A single line model Fitting a single line model Taking uncertainty into account A two lines model How to perform these steps with Stata Exercise 5-HIAA and serotonin Exercise Haemoglobin Exercise Scaling of variables The Classical Multiple Regression Model Adjusted Effects Adjusting for confounding Adjusting for imbalances Exercise Physical activity in school children Inference for the Classical Multiple Regression Model The traditional and the modern way of inference How to perform the modern way of inference with Stata How valid and good are least squares estimates? A note on the use and interpretation of p-values in regression analyses Logistic Regression The definition of the logistic regression model Analyzing a dose response experiment by logistic regression How to fit a dose response model with Stata Estimating odds ratios and adjusted odds ratios using logistic regression How to compute (adjusted) odds ratios using logistic regression in Stata Exercise Allergy in children More on logit scale and odds scale Inference for the Logistic Regression Model The maximum likelihood principle Properties of the ML estimates for logistic regression Inference for a single regression parameter How to perform Wald tests and likelihood ratio tests in Stata Categorical Covariates Incorporating categorical covariates in a regression model Some technicalities in using categorical covariates Testing the effect of a categorical covariate The handling of categorical covariates in Stata Presenting results of a regression analysis involving categorical covariates in a table Exercise Physical occupation and back pain Exercise Odds ratios and categorical covariates Handling Ordered Categories: A First Lesson in Regression Modeling Strategies The Cox Proportional Hazard Model Modeling the risk of dying Modeling the risk of dying in continuous time Using the Cox proportional hazards model to quantify the difference in survival between groups How to fit a Cox proportional hazards model with Stata Exercise Prognostic factors in breast cancer patients – Part 1 Common Pitfalls in Using Regression Models Association vs. causation Difference between subjects vs. difference within subjects Real world models vs. statistical models Relevance vs. significance Exercise Prognostic factors in breast cancer patients – Part 2 ADVANCED TOPICS AND TECHNIQUES Some Useful Technicalities Illustrating models by using model based predictions How to work with predictions in Stata Residuals and the standard deviation of the error term Working with residuals and the RMSE in Stata Linear and nonlinear functions of regression parameters Transformations of regression parameters Centering of covariate values Exercise Paternal smoking vs. maternal smoking Comparing Regression Coefficients Comparing regression coefficients among continuous covariates Comparing regression coefficients among binary covariates Measuring the impact of changing covariate values Translating regression coefficients How to compare regression coefficients in Stata Exercise Health in young people Power and Sample Size The power of a regression analysis Determinants of power in regression models with a single covariate Determinants of power in regression models with several covariates Power and sample size calculations when a sample from the covariate distribution is given Power and sample size calculations given a sample from the covariate distribution with Stata The choice of the values of the regression parameters in a simulation study Simulating a covariate distribution Simulating a covariate distribution with Stata Choosing the parameters to simulate a covariate distribution Necessary sample sizes to justify asymptotic methods Exercise Power considerations for a study on neck pain Exercise Choosing between two outcomes The Selection of the Sample Selection in dependence on the covariates Selection in dependence on the outcome Sampling in dependence on covariate values The Selection of Covariates Fitting regression models with correlated covariates The "Adjustment vs. power" dilemma The "Adjustment makes effects small" dilemma Adjusting for mediators Adjusting for confounding - A useful academic game Adjusting for correlated confounders Including predictive covariates Automatic variable selection How to choose relevant sets of covariates Preparing the selection of covariates: Analyzing the association among covariates Preparing the selection of covariates: Univariate analyses? Exercise Vocabulary size in young children – Part 1 Preprocessing of the covariate space How to preprocess the covariate space with Stata Exercise Vocabulary size in young children – Part 2 What is a confounder? Modeling Nonlinear Effects Quadratic regression Polynomial regression Splines Fractional Polynomials Gain in power by modeling nonlinear effects? Demonstrating the effect of a covariate Demonstrating a nonlinear effect Describing the shape of a nonlinear effect Detecting nonlinearity by analysis of residuals Judging of nonlinearity may require adjustment How to model nonlinear effects in Stata The impact of ignoring nonlinearity Modeling the nonlinear effect of confounders Nonlinear models Exercise Serum markers for AMI Transformation of Covariates Transformations to obtain a linear relationship Transformation of skewed covariates To categorize or not to categorize Effect Modification and Interactions Modeling effect modification Adjusted effect modifications Interactions Modeling effect modifications in several covariates The effect of a covariate in the presence of interactions Interactions as deviations from additivity Scales and interactions Ceiling effects and interactions Hunting for interactions How to analyze effect modification and interactions with Stata Exercise Treatment interactions in a randomized clinical trial for the treatment of malignant glioma Applying Regression Models to Clustered Data Why clustered data can invalidate inference Robust standard errors Improving the efficiency Within and between cluster effects Some unusual but useful usages of robust standard errors in clustered data How to take clustering into account in Stata Applying Regression Models to Longitudinal Data Analyzing time trends in the outcome Analyzing time trends in the effect of covariates Analyzing the effect of covariates Analyzing individual variation in time trends Analyzing summary measures Analyzing the effect of change How to perform regression modeling of longitudinal data in Stata Exercise Increase of body fat in adolescents The Impact of Measurement Error The impact of systematic and random measurement error The impact of misclassification The impact of measurement error in confounders The impact of differential misclassification and measurement error Studying the measurement error Exercise Measurement error and interactions The Impact of Incomplete Covariate Data Missing value mechanisms Properties of a complete case analysis Bias due to using ad hoc methods Advanced techniques to handle incomplete covariate data Handling of partially defined covariates RISK SCORES AND PREDICTORS Risk Scores What is a risk score? Judging the usefulness of a risk score The precision of risk score values The overall precision of a risk score Using Stata’s predict command to compute risk scores Categorization of risk scores Exercise Computing risk scores for breast cancer patients Construction of Predictors From risk scores to predictors Predictions and prediction intervals for a continuous outcome Predictions for a binary outcome Construction of predictions for time to event data How to construct predictions with Stata The overall precision of a predictor Evaluating the Predictive Performance The predictive performance of an existing predictor How to assess the predictive performance of an existing predictor in Stata Estimating the predictive performance of a new predictor How to assess the predictive performance via cross validation in Stata Exercise Assessing the predictive performance of a prognostic Score in breast cancer patients Outlook: Construction of Parsimonious Predictors MISCELLANEOUS Alternatives to Regression Modeling Stratification Measures of association: Correlation coefficients Measures of association: The odds ratio Propensity scores Classification and regression trees Specific Regression Models Probit regression for binary outcomes Generalized linear models Regression models for count data Regression models for ordinal outcome data Quantile regression and robust regression ANOVA and regression Specific Usages of Regression Models Logistic regression for the analysis of case control studies Logistic regression for the analysis of matched case control studies Adjusting for baseline values in randomized clinical trials Assessing predictive factors Incorporating time varying covariates in a Cox model Time dependent effects in a Cox model Using the Cox model in the presence of competing risks Using the Cox model to analyze multi state models What Is a Good Model? Does the model fit the data? How good are predictions? Explained variation Goodness of fit Model stability The usefulness of a model Final Remarks on the Role of Prespecified Models and Model Development MATHEMATICAL DETAILS Mathematics behind the Classical Linear Regression Model Computing regression parameters in simple linear regression Computing regression parameters in the classical multiple regression model Estimation of the standard error Construction of confidence intervals and p-values Mathematics behind the Logistic Regression Model The least squares principle as a maximum likelihood principle Maximizing the likelihood of a logistic regression model Estimating the standard error of the ML estimates Testing composite hypotheses The Modern Way of Inference Robust estimation of standard errors Robust estimation of standard errors in the presence of clustering Mathematics for Risk Scores and Predictors Computing individual survival probabilities after fitting a Cox model Standard errors for risk scores The delta rule Bibliography Index (https://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466517486)
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While regression models have become standard tools in medical research, understanding how to properly apply the models and interpret the results is often challenging for beginners. Regression Models as a Tool in Medical Research presents the fundamental concepts and important aspects of regression models most commonly used in medical research, including the classical regression model for continuous outcomes, the logistic regression model for binary outcomes, and the Cox proportional hazards model for survival data. The text emphasizes adequate use, correct interpretation of results, appropriate presentation of results, and avoidance of potential pitfalls.
After reviewing popular models and basic methods, the book focuses on advanced topics and techniques. It considers the comparison of regression coefficients, the selection of covariates, the modeling of nonlinear and nonadditive effects, and the analysis of clustered and longitudinal data, highlighting the impact of selection mechanisms, measurement error, and incomplete covariate data. The text then covers the use of regression models to construct risk scores and predictors. It also gives an overview of more specific regression models and their applications as well as alternatives to regression modeling. The mathematical details underlying the estimation and inference techniques are provided in the appendices.

Table of content:
THE BASICS
Why Use Regression Models?
Why using simple regression models?
Why using multiple regression models?
Some basic notation
An Introductory Example
A single line model
Fitting a single line model
Taking uncertainty into account
A two lines model
How to perform these steps with Stata
Exercise 5-HIAA and serotonin
Exercise Haemoglobin
Exercise Scaling of variables
The Classical Multiple Regression Model
Adjusted Effects
Adjusting for confounding
Adjusting for imbalances
Exercise Physical activity in school children
Inference for the Classical Multiple Regression Model
The traditional and the modern way of inference
How to perform the modern way of inference with Stata
How valid and good are least squares estimates?
A note on the use and interpretation of p-values in regression analyses
Logistic Regression
The definition of the logistic regression model
Analyzing a dose response experiment by logistic regression
How to fit a dose response model with Stata
Estimating odds ratios and adjusted odds ratios using logistic regression
How to compute (adjusted) odds ratios using logistic regression in Stata
Exercise Allergy in children
More on logit scale and odds scale
Inference for the Logistic Regression Model
The maximum likelihood principle
Properties of the ML estimates for logistic regression
Inference for a single regression parameter
How to perform Wald tests and likelihood ratio tests in Stata
Categorical Covariates
Incorporating categorical covariates in a regression model
Some technicalities in using categorical covariates
Testing the effect of a categorical covariate
The handling of categorical covariates in Stata
Presenting results of a regression analysis involving categorical covariates in a table
Exercise Physical occupation and back pain
Exercise Odds ratios and categorical covariates
Handling Ordered Categories: A First Lesson in Regression Modeling Strategies
The Cox Proportional Hazard Model
Modeling the risk of dying
Modeling the risk of dying in continuous time
Using the Cox proportional hazards model to quantify the difference in survival between groups
How to fit a Cox proportional hazards model with Stata
Exercise Prognostic factors in breast cancer patients – Part 1
Common Pitfalls in Using Regression Models
Association vs. causation
Difference between subjects vs. difference within subjects
Real world models vs. statistical models
Relevance vs. significance
Exercise Prognostic factors in breast cancer patients – Part 2
ADVANCED TOPICS AND TECHNIQUES
Some Useful Technicalities
Illustrating models by using model based predictions
How to work with predictions in Stata
Residuals and the standard deviation of the error term
Working with residuals and the RMSE in Stata
Linear and nonlinear functions of regression parameters
Transformations of regression parameters
Centering of covariate values
Exercise Paternal smoking vs. maternal smoking
Comparing Regression Coefficients
Comparing regression coefficients among continuous covariates
Comparing regression coefficients among binary covariates
Measuring the impact of changing covariate values
Translating regression coefficients
How to compare regression coefficients in Stata
Exercise Health in young people
Power and Sample Size
The power of a regression analysis
Determinants of power in regression models with a single covariate
Determinants of power in regression models with several covariates
Power and sample size calculations when a sample from the covariate distribution is given
Power and sample size calculations given a sample from the covariate distribution with Stata
The choice of the values of the regression parameters in a simulation study
Simulating a covariate distribution
Simulating a covariate distribution with Stata
Choosing the parameters to simulate a covariate distribution
Necessary sample sizes to justify asymptotic methods
Exercise Power considerations for a study on neck pain
Exercise Choosing between two outcomes
The Selection of the Sample
Selection in dependence on the covariates
Selection in dependence on the outcome
Sampling in dependence on covariate values
The Selection of Covariates
Fitting regression models with correlated covariates
The "Adjustment vs. power" dilemma
The "Adjustment makes effects small" dilemma
Adjusting for mediators
Adjusting for confounding - A useful academic game
Adjusting for correlated confounders
Including predictive covariates
Automatic variable selection
How to choose relevant sets of covariates
Preparing the selection of covariates: Analyzing the association among covariates
Preparing the selection of covariates: Univariate analyses?
Exercise Vocabulary size in young children – Part 1
Preprocessing of the covariate space
How to preprocess the covariate space with Stata
Exercise Vocabulary size in young children – Part 2
What is a confounder?
Modeling Nonlinear Effects
Quadratic regression
Polynomial regression
Splines
Fractional Polynomials
Gain in power by modeling nonlinear effects?
Demonstrating the effect of a covariate
Demonstrating a nonlinear effect
Describing the shape of a nonlinear effect
Detecting nonlinearity by analysis of residuals
Judging of nonlinearity may require adjustment
How to model nonlinear effects in Stata
The impact of ignoring nonlinearity
Modeling the nonlinear effect of confounders
Nonlinear models
Exercise Serum markers for AMI
Transformation of Covariates
Transformations to obtain a linear relationship
Transformation of skewed covariates
To categorize or not to categorize
Effect Modification and Interactions
Modeling effect modification
Adjusted effect modifications
Interactions
Modeling effect modifications in several covariates
The effect of a covariate in the presence of interactions
Interactions as deviations from additivity
Scales and interactions
Ceiling effects and interactions
Hunting for interactions
How to analyze effect modification and interactions with Stata
Exercise Treatment interactions in a randomized clinical trial for the treatment of malignant glioma
Applying Regression Models to Clustered Data
Why clustered data can invalidate inference
Robust standard errors
Improving the efficiency
Within and between cluster effects
Some unusual but useful usages of robust standard errors in clustered data
How to take clustering into account in Stata
Applying Regression Models to Longitudinal Data
Analyzing time trends in the outcome
Analyzing time trends in the effect of covariates
Analyzing the effect of covariates
Analyzing individual variation in time trends
Analyzing summary measures
Analyzing the effect of change
How to perform regression modeling of longitudinal data in Stata
Exercise Increase of body fat in adolescents
The Impact of Measurement Error
The impact of systematic and random measurement error
The impact of misclassification
The impact of measurement error in confounders
The impact of differential misclassification and measurement error
Studying the measurement error
Exercise Measurement error and interactions
The Impact of Incomplete Covariate Data
Missing value mechanisms
Properties of a complete case analysis
Bias due to using ad hoc methods
Advanced techniques to handle incomplete covariate data
Handling of partially defined covariates
RISK SCORES AND PREDICTORS
Risk Scores
What is a risk score?
Judging the usefulness of a risk score
The precision of risk score values
The overall precision of a risk score
Using Stata’s predict command to compute risk scores
Categorization of risk scores
Exercise Computing risk scores for breast cancer patients
Construction of Predictors
From risk scores to predictors
Predictions and prediction intervals for a continuous outcome
Predictions for a binary outcome
Construction of predictions for time to event data
How to construct predictions with Stata
The overall precision of a predictor
Evaluating the Predictive Performance
The predictive performance of an existing predictor
How to assess the predictive performance of an existing predictor in Stata
Estimating the predictive performance of a new predictor
How to assess the predictive performance via cross validation in Stata
Exercise Assessing the predictive performance of a prognostic Score in breast cancer patients
Outlook: Construction of Parsimonious Predictors
MISCELLANEOUS
Alternatives to Regression Modeling
Stratification
Measures of association: Correlation coefficients
Measures of association: The odds ratio
Propensity scores
Classification and regression trees
Specific Regression Models
Probit regression for binary outcomes
Generalized linear models
Regression models for count data
Regression models for ordinal outcome data
Quantile regression and robust regression
ANOVA and regression
Specific Usages of Regression Models
Logistic regression for the analysis of case control studies
Logistic regression for the analysis of matched case control studies
Adjusting for baseline values in randomized clinical trials
Assessing predictive factors
Incorporating time varying covariates in a Cox model
Time dependent effects in a Cox model
Using the Cox model in the presence of competing risks
Using the Cox model to analyze multi state models
What Is a Good Model?
Does the model fit the data?
How good are predictions?
Explained variation
Goodness of fit
Model stability
The usefulness of a model
Final Remarks on the Role of Prespecified Models and Model Development
MATHEMATICAL DETAILS
Mathematics behind the Classical Linear Regression Model
Computing regression parameters in simple linear regression
Computing regression parameters in the classical multiple regression model
Estimation of the standard error
Construction of confidence intervals and p-values
Mathematics behind the Logistic Regression Model
The least squares principle as a maximum likelihood principle
Maximizing the likelihood of a logistic regression model
Estimating the standard error of the ML estimates
Testing composite hypotheses
The Modern Way of Inference
Robust estimation of standard errors
Robust estimation of standard errors in the presence of clustering
Mathematics for Risk Scores and Predictors
Computing individual survival probabilities after fitting a Cox model
Standard errors for risk scores
The delta rule
Bibliography
Index
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