Design of panel studies for disease progression with multiple stages

Wei Ting Hwang, Ron Brookmeyer

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A panel study consists of individuals who have data collected at periodic follow-up visits or pre-specified time points following entry into the study. The objective of this paper is to consider design issues in a panel study when the response variable is the stage of disease, and with focus on the transition intensities. Important design issues include the choice of the time interval between follow-up visits and sample size considerations. We study the effects of time intervals between follow-up visits on the precision of the transition intensities estimators. We also consider the power of statistical tests on the ratio of transition intensities. Discussion is extended to incorporate heterogeneity in the population in which frailty is introduced to describe subject-specific transition intensities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-274
Number of pages14
JournalLifetime Data Analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2003


  • Design
  • Frailty
  • Panel studies
  • Relative efficiency
  • Sample size
  • Survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics


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