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J Epidemiol Community Health. 2005 Aug; 59(8): 706–710.
PMCID: PMC1733116

Applied analysis of recurrent events: a practical overview


Study objective: The purpose of this paper is to give an overview and comparison of different easily applicable statistical techniques to analyse recurrent event data.

Setting: These techniques include naive techniques and longitudinal techniques such as Cox regression for recurrent events, generalised estimating equations (GEE), and random coefficient analysis. The different techniques are illustrated with a dataset from a randomised controlled trial regarding the treatment of lateral epicondylitis.

Main results: The use of different statistical techniques leads to different results and different conclusions regarding the effectiveness of the different intervention strategies.

Conclusions: If you are interested in a particular short term or long term result, simple naive techniques are appropriate. However, if the development of a particular outcome is of interest, statistical techniques that consider the recurrent events and additionally corrects for the dependency of the observations are necessary.

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