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Survival Analysis Using SAS by Paul D. Allison

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CHAPTER 9

A Guide for the Perplexed

How to Choose a Method

Conclusion

HOW TO CHOOSE A METHOD

In this book, we’ve examined many different approaches to the analysis of survival data: Kaplan-Meier estimation, log-rank tests, accelerated failure time models, piecewise exponential models, Cox regression models, logit models, and complementary log-log models. Each of these methods is worth using in some situations. Along the way I have tried to point out their relative advantages and disadvantages, but those discussions are scattered throughout the book. It’s not easy to keep all the points in mind when designing a study or planning an analysis.

Many readers of early versions of this book urged me to provide a concluding roadmap for choosing a method ...

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