The impact of handling missing data on alcohol consumption estimates in the UK women cohort study.


Nur, U; Longford, NT; Cade, JE; Greenwood, DC; (2009) The impact of handling missing data on alcohol consumption estimates in the UK women cohort study. European journal of epidemiology, 24 (10). pp. 589-95. ISSN 0393-2990 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10654-009-9384-1

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Abstract

We discuss methods for dealing with incomplete-data in the United Kingdom Women's Cohort Study. We demonstrate by example how important it is to address the issues related to missing data with statistical integrity, illustrate the deficiencies of a data-reduction and a single-imputation method, and discuss how the method of multiple imputation overcomes them. Although the method entails some complexity, the computational activities can be organized in such a way that efficient analyses can be conducted by analysts who are not acquainted with all the details of the imputation method and who wish to rely on software they use and regard as standard.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 19728116
Web of Science ID: 270869900002
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4856

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