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Ardo Van Den Hout (UCL)
March 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Multi-state models for observed and latent cognitive function in the older population
Ardo van den Hout
Department of Statistical Science, University College London
Due to the ageing population there is a growing interest in the statistical modelling of cognitive function in old age. When analysing longitudinal data on ageing, lost to follow-up because of death cannot be ignored. One option is to model survival and change of cognitive function jointly by specifying submodels for the two processes and linking these models by individual-specific random effects.
Another option – and the topic of this seminar – is to use a continuous-time multi-state survival model where a series of living states is defined by the level of cognitive function and an additional dead state is included. This multi-state approach is quite general and can be used in many other applications in biostatistics, social statistics, and demography.
The seminar will start with introducing the continuous-time multi-state survival model by discussing model specification and maximum likelihood estimation. The second part will present an extension of current methods: a hidden Markov model for modelling bivariate cognitive function.
The methods will be illustrated by using longitudinal data from a UK survey of the older population.