9.5 Tests for ORs

A study examined the mortality rates of lower-limb amputation, and factors that may be associated with mortality (Singh and Prasad 2016).

As part of the study, the researchers recorded the five-year mortality rate (the number of amputees who died within five years of amputation) and whether or not the person used an artificial limb.

The RQ was:

For this type of amputees, is the odds of being alive after five years the same for those who used an artificial limb, and those who did not?

A total of 105 subjects were used: 35 died within five years, and 70 were still alive after five years.

In addition, 65 subjects used an artificial limb, and 40 did not.

  1. After five years, 49 people using an artificial limb were alive.

    Construct the \(2\times 2\) table (Table 9.1) displaying the number of people alive or dead after five years (in columns, say) and whether or not they used an artificial limb or not (in rows).

TABLE 9.1: Five-year mortality for artifical limb users
Alive Dead Total
Used art. limb
Did not use art. limb
Total 105
  1. For a person using an artificial limb, compute the odds of being alive after five years.

    For a person not using an artificial limb, compute the odds of being alive after five years.

    Then compute the odds ratio, complete Table 9.2, and carefully explain what the OR means.

  2. Write down the 95% CI for the population OR using the software output (jamovi: Fig. 9.8; SPSS: Fig. 9.9).

  3. Perform a hypothesis test to compare the odds of being alive after five years for both groups (jamovi: Fig. 9.8; SPSS: Fig. 9.9 and Fig. 9.10):

    • Write the hypotheses.
    • Write down the value of \(\chi^2\).
    • What \(z\)-score is this approximately equivalent to?
    • What is the approximate \(P\)-value using the 68–95–99.7 rule?
    • What is the exact \(P\)-value as reported by software?
    • Write a conclusion.
TABLE 9.2: Five-year mortality and use of an artificial limb: Numerical summary
Percentage alive after 5 years Odds alive after 5 years Sample size
Use artificial limb
Did not use artifical limb
Odds ratio
The jamovi output for the question on lower-limb amputees

FIGURE 9.8: The jamovi output for the question on lower-limb amputees

The SPSS output for the question on lower-limb amputees: Odds

FIGURE 9.9: The SPSS output for the question on lower-limb amputees: Odds

The SPSS output for the question on lower-limb amputees: CI

FIGURE 9.10: The SPSS output for the question on lower-limb amputees: CI

References

Singh, Rajiv Kumar, and Guru Prasad. 2016. “Long-Term Mortality After Lower-Limb Amputation.” Prosthetics and Orthotics International 40 (5).