In the last decade with widespread use of quantitative analyses in medical research, close co-operation between statisticians and physicians has become essential from the experimental design through all phases of complex statistical analysis. On the other hand, easy-to-use statistical packages allow clinicians to perform basic statistical analyses themselves. Since the software they most commonly use does not perform in depth competing risk analysis, we recommend an add-on package for the R statistical software. We provide all the instructions for downloading it from internet and illustrate how to use it for analysis of a sample dataset of patients who underwent haematopoietic stem cell transplantation for acute leukaemia.
Competing risk analysis using R: an easy guide for clinicians / L. Scrucca; A. Santucci; F. Aversa. - In: BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION. - ISSN 0268-3369. - 40(2007), pp. 381-387.