Study design for prediction models

  • E.W. Steyerberg
Part of the Statistics for Biology and Health book series (SBH)


In this chapter, we consider several issues in the design of studies for prediction research. These include the selection of subjects or patients for a cohort study, strengths and limitations of case series from a single center, from registries, or prospective trials. We further discuss issues in choosing predictors and outcome variables for prediction models. An important question is often how large a study needs to be for sufficient statistical power. Power considerations are given for studying effects of specific predictors, and for developing a prediction model that can provide reliable predictions. We use several case studies for illustration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E.W. Steyerberg
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  1. 1.Department of Public HealthErasmus MCRotterdamThe Netherlands

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