Author: Thuan Nguyen (Oregon Health and Science University, OR, USA)
In many problems of health and medical studies, the interest is primarily on individuals, or small groups of individuals. For example, such problems arise in personalized health service. Statistically, the quantities of interest can be expressed as mixed effects, and the statistical challenges can be associated to prediction of mixed effects under a mixed-effects model. In this presentation, I will discuss a number of practical problems from health and medical research, and show how methods of small area estimation, and classified mixed model prediction, can be useful in addressing these challenging problems.