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Modeling past event feedback through biomarker dynamics in the multistate event analysis for cardiovascular disease data

Ma, C and Dai, H and Pan, J (2021) 'Modeling past event feedback through biomarker dynamics in the multistate event analysis for cardiovascular disease data.' Annals of Applied Statistics, 15 (3). 1308 - 1328. ISSN 1932-6157

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In cardiovascular studies we often observe ordered multiple events along disease progression which are, essentially, a series of recurrent events and terminal events with competing risk structure. One of the main interests is to explore the event specific association with the dynamics of longitudinal biomarkers. A new statistical challenge arises when the biomarkers carry information from the past event history, providing feedbacks for the occur-rences of future events and, particularly, when these biomarkers are only in-termittently observed with measurement errors. In this paper we propose a novel modeling framework where the recurrent events and terminal events are modeled as multistate processes and the longitudinal covariates that ac-count for event feedbacks are described by random effects models. Consid-ering the nature of long-term observation in cardiac studies, flexible models with semiparametric coefficients are adopted. To improve computation effi-ciency, we develop an one-step estimator of the regression coefficients and derive their asymptotic variances for the computation of the confidence in-tervals, based on the proposed asymptotically unbiased estimating equation. Simulation studies show that the naive estimators, which either ignore the past event feedbacks or the measurement errors, are biased. Our method achieves better coverage probability, compared to the naive methods. The model is mo-tivated and applied to a dataset from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Mathematical Sciences, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2021 15:42
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2021 12:15

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