I'm a statistics newbie (medical student) trying my luck with a Cox regression for a survival analysis on the outcome of a specific type of operation. And I'm trying to determine which variables to control for. And how to handle the age of the patient at operation-time (measure-start)...
Currently I've set the following as covariates in my analysis (PASW/SPSS):
Risk (Low/High) Gender (Female/Male) Shunt used in operation (False/True) Artery stenosis (False/True) Age at operation (Integer value)
I've set the 4 first variables as categories (dummy coded as 0 and 1), and specified the first value (0) as the reference value.
But what about the patients age at the operation? I assume this must be controlled for? But the age at measure-start (operation) isn't time-dependent (is it?), but are always the same value, right?
Does this mean I have to control for the patients real age aswell? And does this mean I have to use the
COX with Time-dependent Covariables function instead of the regular
Thanks for any help!