Survival analysis is a statistical approach used to study time to an event of interest. The approach is very applicable to the manual therapy discipline, however it is rarely used. This masterclass aims to present a simple overview of survival analysis aimed at both clinicians and researchers in the manual therapy field. In particular the masterclass aims to 1) describe situations where survival analysis is suitable to use 2) describe unique characteristics of survival data including censoring of participants 3) describe analysis methods for survival data including log rank test and Cox regression 4) describe the interpretation of results from survival analyses including survival plots and hazard ratios.
Out of all 291 conditions studied in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, neck pain ranked 4th highest in terms of disability and 21st in terms of overall burden.