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Statistical issues in the assessment of health outcomes in children : methodological review.

Lancaster, Gillian (2009) Statistical issues in the assessment of health outcomes in children : methodological review. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 172 (4). pp. 707-727. ISSN 1467-985X

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Abstract

The lack of outcome measures that are validated for use on children limits the effectiveness and generalizability of paediatric health care interventions. Statistical epidemiology is a broad concept encompassing a wide range of useful techniques for use in child health outcome assessment and development. However, the range of techniques that are available is often confusing and prohibits their adoption. In the paper an overview of methodology is provided within the paediatric context. It is demonstrated that in many cases assessment can be performed relatively straightforwardly by using standard statistical techniques, although sometimes more sophisticated techniques are required. Examples of both physiological and questionnaire-based outcomes are given. The usefulness of these techniques is highlighted for achieving specific objectives and ultimately for achieving methodological rigour in clinical outcome studies that are performed in the paediatric population.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child health • Child mental health • Health outcomes • Quality of life • Statistical methodology • Study design
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Mathematics and Statistics
ID Code: 26964
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2009 13:34
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2013 15:17
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26964

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