American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Biostatistics Seminar Series

Sebastien Haneuse, Ph.D.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


While electronic health records (EHR) data provide unique opportunities for medical research, there are numerous challenges that must be dealt with. Among these, selection bias due to missing data is under-appreciated. While standard missing data methods are often applied in the EHR context, they will, in general, fail to capture the complexity of the data so that residual selection bias may remain. Building on a recently-proposed framework for characterizing how data arise in EHR-based studies, we develop and evaluate a statistical framework for regression modeling based on inverse probability weighting that adjusts for selection bias in the complex setting of EHR-based research. We show that the resulting estimator is consistent and asymptotically Normal, and derive the form of the asymptotic variance. Plug-in estimators for the latter are proposed. We use simulations to: (i) highlight the potential for bias in EHR studies when standard approaches are used to account for selection bias, and (ii) evaluate the small-sample operating characteristics of the proposed framework. Finally, the methods are illustrated using data from an on-going EHR-based study of bariatric surgery on BMI.

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Location: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
485 Lexington Avenue
(Between 46th & 47th Streets)
Conference Room B (2nd Floor, Room 2137)
New York, New York

**Outside visitors please email for building access. You must be on the security list to enter the floor.

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