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The Effect of Accessing Medical Records by Date of Death on Estimates of Survival

G. M. Tallis, P. Leppard and G. Sarfaty
Biometrics
Vol. 34, No. 4 (Dec., 1978), pp. 662-664
DOI: 10.2307/2530386
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2530386
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Abstract

An inefficient, but quickly and easily calculated, estimate of a survival-time distribution is described. Conditions for the estimate to be unbiased specify bounds on the length of time a study has been in progress and the way in which people must enter a study. These appear to be frequently met when a large medical registry is examined with a view to establishing base line survival experience for a selected class of patients.

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