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Re: st: count number of events within a time, when entry is lagged

From   Steven Samuels <>
Subject   Re: st: count number of events within a time, when entry is lagged
Date   Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:11:32 -0400

You are very welcome, Ann.  Consider changing the line:
"gen days_study = lab_date - start_date"
"gen days_study = lab_date - start_date +1"

That will capture a lab visit on the starting date. 


On Jul 14, 2011, at 10:58 AM, Miller, Ann C. wrote:

Thank you Steve, for taking the time to do this! Hugely useful and taught me a lot.  

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Steven Samuels
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 10:19 PM
Subject: Re: st: count number of events within a time, when entry is lagged 

Oops, I forgot to "generate" some variables, corrected below.

By all means convert your data to long format.

Then your data will look like

id treatment start_date index lab_date ast alt creatine

with index having values 1-57. However, you do not need this variable below, though you might want to check that dates were in index order.

Your protocol is ambiguous because months have differing numbers of days.  I'm going to use 30 day months here, but you might choose to modify the definition. Also, save interim data sets along the way.

drop index
sort id lab_date
gen days_study = (lab_date - start_date)
gen month_study = int((days_study-1)/30) +1
gen had_ast = ast!=.
gen had_alt = alt!=.
gen had_cre = creatinine!=.
// Now get monthly totals of tests
egen msum_ast = total(had_ast), by(id month_study)
egen msum_alt = total(had_alt), by(id month_study)
egen msum_cre = total(had_cre), by(id month_study)
bys id month_study: keep if _n==1
gen m_ok = msum_ast>0 & msum_ast<. ///
       & msum_alt>0 & msum_alt<. ///
       & msum_cre>0 & msum_cre<.
egen nmonths_ok =total(m_ok), by(id)
bys id: keep if _n==1
tab nmonths_ok, missing 


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