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Simple benchmark for mesothelioma projection for Great Britain

Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2016 May 31 [Epub ahead of print] [Link]

Martínez-Miranda MD, Nielsen B, Nielsen JP.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:
It is of considerable interest to forecast the future burden of mesothelioma mortality. Data on deaths are available, whereas no measure of asbestos exposure is available.
METHODS:
We compare two Poisson models: a response-only model with an age-cohort specification and a multinomial model with epidemiologically motivated frequencies.
RESULTS:
The response-only model has 5% higher peak mortality than the dose-response model. The former performs slightly better in out-of-sample comparison.
CONCLUSIONS:
Mortality is predicted to peak at about 2100 deaths around 2017 among males in cohorts until 1966 and below 90 years of age. The response-only model is a simple benchmark that forecasts just as well as more complicated models.

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