Workshop on Causal Inference in Health Registry Research

Date: 30 November and 1 December 2017
Place: Domus Medica, Oslo
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bianca_destavolaBianca de Stavola
rhiandaniel-253x300Rhian Daniel
neil_daviesNeil Davies
kjell_salvanesKjell G. Salvanes
mats_stensrudMats J. Stensrud
rolv_t-_lieRolv Terje Lie
oysteinØystein Ariansen Haaland


Time-varying confounding
In this session we will give a brief review of the issues arising from time-varying confounding in the context of longitudinal data created by linkage, give an overview of the three main approaches to deal with it (g-computation, g-estimation, IPW), and discuss results from examples arising from UK-based electronic health records. (Bianca de Stavola and Rhian Daniel)
Multiple mediators
In this session we will introduce mediation analysis when it involves a single mediator and then extend it to the more likely settings that involve multiple mediators, linking them to the time-varying confounding issues addressed in session 1. We will consider alternative targets of estimation, compare their interpretation in the light of life-course studies, and illustrate them using data from UK-based cancer registry data. (Bianca de Stavola and Rhian Daniel)
Instrumental variables in health registry research: Challenges and possibilities
More to follow. (Neil Davies)
Identification and causal inference using population wide administrative data
More to follow. (Kjell G. Salvanes)
The aspect of time in Mendelian randomisation studies: A neglected source of bias?
There is an important temporal aspect of Mendelian Randomisation studies: The design relies on genetic variants that are carried from conception, but subjects are often recruited in (late) adulthood. First, I will explain how this time lag may introduce bias. Second, I will present a new method to adjust for survivor bias, using family data from health registries. (Mats J. Stensrud)

Is there a place for causal inference in health registry research?
This opening talk will give a brief review of the histories of health registry research and causal inference, and discuss the potential of the latter in the former. (Rolv Terje Lie)
Current use of instrumental variable analysis (IVA) in health registry research
This talk addresses how IVA is currently being used in health registry research. We give an introduction to IVA and review the literature. (Øystein Ariansen Haaland)

Organizing committee

Odd O. Aalen
Jon Michael Gran
Rolv Terje Lie
Øystein Ariansen Haaland