OCMAP-PLUS: A Program for the Comprehensive Analysis of Occupational Cohort Data

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Abstract

The Occupational Cohort Mortality Analysis Program (OCMAP) has been redesigned for optimal microcomputer use and extended to include new computing algorithms. The new program, OCMAP-PLUS, offers a comprehensive, flexible, and efficient analysis of incidence or mortality rates and standardized measures in relation to multiple and diverse work history and exposure measures. New features include executable code, minimization of memory requirements, disk file storage of person-day arrays, stratified analyses by geographic area, employment status and up to eight exposure variables, a data imputation algorithm for study members with unknown race, and enhanced algorithms for constructing several time-dependent exposure measures. New modules create grouped data files for Poisson and logistic regression and risk set files for use in relative risk regression analysis. The Mortality and Population Data System (MPDS) provides external comparison rates and proportional mortalities. Analysis from two recent cohort mortality studies illustrate several new features.

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