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I have been given some data that has date of admission, date of disposition, disposition (death or live discharge), and some biomarker levels. I would like to model this, but here is the rub:

The longest-staying patient died. All other patients left the study (were discharged from hospital) before that time period.

Is a conventional survival analysis appropriate for this?

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    $\begingroup$ why wouldn't it be? $\endgroup$ – IWS May 24 '17 at 11:58
  • $\begingroup$ In addition, this is the case where you can estimate mean life length without extrapolation using semiparametric method. $\endgroup$ – Frank Harrell May 24 '17 at 12:31
  • $\begingroup$ Their outcome for surviving patients is just censored. All that might be affected is the accuracy of the estimated survival curve. $\endgroup$ – Michael Chernick May 24 '17 at 16:30

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