Review of statistical methods for disease mapping

White, Nicole (2012) Review of statistical methods for disease mapping.


Cancer poses an undeniable burden to the health and wellbeing of the Australian community. In a recent report commissioned by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare(AIHW, 2010), one in every two Australians on average will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85, making cancer the second leading cause of death in 2007, preceded only by cardiovascular disease.

Despite modest decreases in standardised combined cancer mortality over the past few decades, in part due to increased funding and access to screening programs, cancer remains a significant economic burden. In 2010, all cancers accounted for an estimated 19% of the country's total burden of disease, equating to approximately $3:8 billion in direct health system costs (Cancer Council Australia, 2011). Furthermore, there remains established socio-economic and other demographic inequalities in cancer incidence and survival, for example, by indigenous status and rurality. Therefore, in the interests of the nation's health and economic management, there is an immediate need to devise data-driven strategies to not only understand the socio-economic drivers of cancer but also facilitate the implementation of cost-effective resource allocation for cancer management...

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ID Code: 56859
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Prepared CRC for Spatial Information Project 4.42 \Spatio-temporal modelling of cancer incidence, survival and mortality"
Keywords: Bayesian, Disease mapping, Spatial modelling, Spatio-temporal modelling
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Nicole White
Deposited On: 05 Feb 2013 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2013 13:35

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