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Modeling Postoperative Mortality in Older Patients by Boosting Discrete-Time Competing Risks Models

Version 2 2023-06-21, 20:20
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posted on 2023-06-21, 20:20 authored by Moritz Berger, Ana Kowark, Rolf Rossaint, Mark Coburn, Matthias Schmid

Elderly patients are at a high risk of suffering from postoperative death. Personalized strategies to improve their recovery after intervention are therefore urgently needed. A popular way to analyze postoperative mortality is to develop a prognostic model that incorporates risk factors measured at hospital admission, for example, comorbidities. When building such models, numerous issues must be addressed, including censoring and the presence of competing events (such as discharge from hospital alive). Here we present a novel survival modeling approach to investigate 30-day inpatient mortality following intervention. The proposed method accounts for both grouped event times, for example, measured in 24-hour intervals, and competing events. Conceptually, the method is embedded in the framework of generalized additive models for location, scale, and shape (GAMLSS). Model fitting is performed using a component-wise gradient boosting algorithm, which allows for additional regularization steps via stability selection. We used this new modeling approach to analyze data from the Peri-interventional Outcome Study in the Elderly (POSE), which is a recent cohort study that enrolled 9862 elderly inpatients undergoing intervention under anesthesia. Application of the proposed boosting algorithm yielded six important risk factors (including both clinical variables and interventional characteristics) that either contributed to the hazard of death or to discharge from hospital alive. Supplementary materials for this article are available online.


Support by the German Research Foundation is acknowledged (grants SCHM 2966/2-1, BE 7543/1-1).