Sankhya: The Indian Journal of Statistics

1998, Volume 60, Series B, Pt. 1, 176--195

BAYESIAN STATISTICS IN MEDICINE: WHERE ARE WE AND WHERE SHOULD WE BE GOING ?

By

DALENE K. STANGL and DONALD A. BERRY, Duke University, Durham

SUMMARY. This paper reviews the Bayesian approach to medical research and highlights the advantage of this approach over a Frequentist one. Brief literature reviews covering Bayesian methods for design, elicitation, estimation, prediction and decision making within the context of medical studies are presented along with explanations of the strengths and weaknesses in current practice and suggested directions for future work.

AMS (1991) subject classification. 62-20.

Key words and phrases. Design, elicitation, estimation, prediction, decision analysis.

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