Loads the Sciatica Trial data published in; Mertens, BJA, Jacobs, WCH, Brand, R, and Peul, WC. Assessment of patient-specific surgery effect based on weighted estimation and propensity scoring in the re-analysis of the Sciatica Trial. PLOS One 2014. Details of the original Sciatica Trial are available in; Peul WC, van Houwelingen HC, van den Hout WB, et al. Surgery versus Prolonged Conservative Treatment for Sciatica. NEJM 2007 DOI: 10.1177/0962280214545529


Variables included are
  • id: unique identifier for patient
  • tpoints: follow-up time period
  • time: follow-up time
  • age_b: age at follow-up time
  • age_t: age at randomization
  • vas1_t: VAS score
  • vas2_t: VAS score
  • roland_t: Roland score
  • likert_t: Likert score
  • vas1_b: VAS1 at baseline
  • vas2_b: VAS2 at baseline
  • roland_b: Roland score at baseline
  • likert_b: Likert score at baseline
  • male: participant gender (1 is male, 0 is female)
  • weight: participant weight in kilograms
  • height: participant height in meters
  • surgery: whether participant received the surgery (1 is surgery, 0 is not yet surgery)
Returns:Returns pandas DataFrame
Return type:DataFrame