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Tutorial: Survival Estimation for Cox Regression Models with Time-Varying Coe?cients Using SAS and R | Thomas | Journal of Statistical Software
Authors: Laine Thomas, Eric M. Reyes
Title: Tutorial: Survival Estimation for Cox Regression Models with Time-Varying Coe?cients Using SAS and R
Abstract: Survival estimates are an essential compliment to multivariable regression models for time-to-event data, both for prediction and illustration of covariate effects. They are easily obtained under the Cox proportional-hazards model. In populations defined by an initial, acute event, like myocardial infarction, or in studies with long-term followup, the proportional-hazards assumption of constant hazard ratios is frequently violated. One alternative is to fit an interaction between covariates and a prespecified function of time, implemented as a time-dependent covariate. This effectively creates a time-varying coefficient that is easily estimated in software such as SAS and R. However, the usual programming statements for survival estimation are not directly applicable. Unique data manipulation and syntax is required, but is not well documented for either software. This paper offers a tutorial in survival estimation for the time-varying coefficient model, implemented in SAS and R. We provide a macro coxtvc to facilitate estimation in SAS where the current functionality is more limited. The macro is validated in simulated data and illustrated in an application.

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DOI: 10.18637/jss.v061.c01

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