Individualized treatment effects with censored data via fully nonparametric bayesian accelerated failure time models

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Individuals often respond differently to identical treatments, and characterizing such variability in treatment response is an important aim in the practice of personalized medicine. In this article, we describe a non-parametric accelerated failure time model that can be used to analyze heterogeneous treatment effects (HTE) when patient outcomes are time-to-event. By utilizing Bayesian additive regression trees and a mean-constrained Dirichlet process mixture model, our approach offers a flexible model for the regression function while placing few restrictions on the baseline hazard. Our non-parametric method leads to natural estimates of individual treatment effect and has the flexibility to address many major goals of HTE assessment. Moreover, our method requires little user input in terms of tuning parameter selection or subgroup specification. We illustrate the merits of our proposed approach with a detailed analysis of two large clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of congestive heart failure using an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor. The analysis revealed considerable evidence for the presence of HTE in both trials as demonstrated by substantial estimated variation in treatment effect and by high proportions of patients exhibiting strong evidence of having treatment effects which differ from the overall treatment effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jun 20 2017


  • Dirichlet Process Mixture
  • Ensemble Methods
  • Heterogeneity of Treatment Effect
  • Interaction
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Subgroup Analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Individualized treatment effects with censored data via fully nonparametric bayesian accelerated failure time models'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this