Absolute Risk: Methods and Applications in Clinical Management and Public Health provides theory and examples to demonstrate the importance of absolute risk in counseling patients, devising public health strategies, and clinical management. The book provides sufficient technical detail to allow statisticians, epidemiologists, and clinicians to build, test, and apply models of absolute risk.
Provides theoretical basis for modeling absolute risk, including competing risks and cause-specific and cumulative incidence regression
Discusses various sampling designs for estimating absolute risk and criteria to evaluate models
Provides details on statistical inference for the various sampling designs
Discusses criteria for evaluating risk models and comparing risk models, including both general criteria and problem-specific expected losses in well-defined clinical and public health applications
Describes many applications encompassing both disease prevention and prognosis, and ranging from counseling individual patients, to clinical decision making, to assessing the impact of risk-based public health strategies
Discusses model updating, family-based designs, dynamic projections, and other topics
Ruth M. Pfeiffer is a mathematical statistician and Fellow of the American Statistical Association, with interests in risk modeling, dimension reduction, and applications in epidemiology. She developed absolute risk models for breast cancer, colon cancer, melanoma, and second primary thyroid cancer following a childhood cancer diagnosis.
Mitchell H. Gail developed the widely used "Gail model" for projecting the absolute risk of invasive breast cancer. He is a medical statistician with interests in statistical methods and applications in epidemiology and molecular medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and former President of the American Statistical Association.
Both are Senior Investigators in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 201
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
"Written by two leading experts in the field, this book provides a comprehensive overview of absolute risk, including both theoretical basis and clinical implications before and after the disease diagnosis. Equipped with sufficient technical details on the estimation and inference of absolute risk aswell as a range of real examples, this book is targeted toward a broad audience, including epidemiologists, clinicians, and statisticians. While a few other books on theoretical aspects of absolute risk are available in the literature, the book by Pfeiffer and Gail treats absolute risk from several new angles . . ."
~Journal of the American Statistical Association
"This book provides an excellent comprehensive basis for researchers or advanced courses devoted to the development and assessment of absolute risk models. Ruth Pfeiffer and Mitchell Gail have a long history of active and successful research in the field of risk prediction modeling, the first publication of what has become known as the Gail-Model for breast cancer risk prediction having appeared over 25 years ago. This background allows them to present a broad overview of various model situations and modeling approaches together with various real-life data examples. It is a pleasure to see that assumptions and inference are treated with mathematical stringency in all addressed topics. The mathematical framework is introduced, motivated, and translated into a clinically meaningful context using worked examples, so as to give access to mathematically less experienced readers.
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