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Projecting disease when death is likely.


Am J Epidemiol. 1996 May 1;143(9):943-52. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

Projection disease incidence, prevalence, and net morbidity is often needed when individuals are likely to die, either disease free or after the disease has developed. Examples of this include remission of cancer or heart disease in elderly people who can die from these or other causes and occurrence of a particular acquired immune deficiency syndrome illness in human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) disease. Death is not an ancillary event but, rather, indicates either and end to disease morbidity or an end to risk to ever develop the disease. Thus, time to disease survival analyses that censor disease-free individuals at death can produce misleading results. The paper describes several useful quantifications of disease and death for this setting. A paradigm that utilizes Kaplan-Meier functions to estimate these quantities is introduced. The approach anchors on a four-stage disease/death model: stage A, living without disease; stage B, dead without ever developing disease; stage C, developed the disease and living; and stage D, dead after developing the disease. An application is made to projecting cytomegalovirus disease in a cohort of HIV-1-infected users of zidovudine and Pneumocystis prophylaxis from the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) during 1989-1993. At 3 years after a CD4+ count below 100/microliters, a man had an 18.7%, 46.3%, 5.3% or 29.9% chance, respectively, to be in stage A, B, C, or D. This man, on average, had 0.28 years of cytomegalovirus morbidity during these 3 years.

AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections/IMMUNOLOGY/*MORTALITY Bias (Epidemiology) *Cause of Death Cohort Studies Cytomegalovirus Infections/IMMUNOLOGY/*MORTALITY CD4 Lymphocyte Count Forecasting Human *HIV-1 Incidence Male Prevalence Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S. *Survival Analysis JOURNAL ARTICLE


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