Methods for analyzing health care utilization and costs.


Important questions about health care are often addressed by studying health care utilization. Utilization data have several characteristics that make them a challenge to analyze. In this paper we discuss sources of information, the statistical properties of utilization data, common analytic methods including the two-part model, and some newly available statistical methods including the generalized linear model. We also address issues of study design and new methods for dealing with censored data. Examples are presented.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Diehr, P; Yanez, D; Ash, A; Hornbrook, M; Lin, DY

Published Date

  • 1999

Volume / Issue

  • 20 /

Start / End Page

  • 125 - 144

PubMed ID

  • 10352853

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1146/annurev.publhealth.20.1.125