In uncontrolled trials, there is no control group for comparison, and it is not possible to use blinding and randomization to minimize bias. Uncontrolled trials are similar to externally controlled trials, in the sense that the outcomes for research participants receiving the experimental intervention are compared with the outcomes before the availability of the intervention.

Therefore, the scientific grounds for the experimental intervention must be strong enough and its effects must be obvious enough for the positive results of an uncontrolled trial to be accepted. History is replete with examples of failed uncontrolled trials, such as those for the drug laetrile and the anticancer agent interferon Pocock, In many cases investigators may be faced with a situation in which they have a potentially large historical control sample that they want to compare with a small experimental sample in terms of one or more endpoints.

This is typically a problem in observational studies in which the individuals have not been randomized to the control and experimental groups.

The question is, how does one control for the bias inherent in the observational nature of these data? Perhaps the experimental participants have in some way been self-selected for their illness or the intervention that they have received.

This is not a new issue. In fact, it is closely related to statistical thinking and research on analysis of observational data and causal inference. For example, as early as , William G. Cochran considered the use of stratification and subclassification as a tool for removing bias in observational studies.

In a now classic example, Cochran examined the relationship between mortality and smoking using data from a large medical database Cochran, The first row of Table shows that cigarette smoking is unrelated to mortality, but pipe smoking appears to be quite lethal.

The result of this early datamining exercise could have easily misled researchers for some time at the early stages of scientific discovery. It turns out that, at least at the time that these data were collected, pipe smokers were on average much older than cigarette smokers, hence the false association with an increased rate of mortality in the non-stratified group.

Cochran illustrated the effect that stratification i. It might be argued that a good data analyst would never have made this mistake because such an analyst would have tested for relevant interactions with important variables such as age.

However, the simple statistical solution to this problem can also be misleading in an analysis of observational data. For example, nothing in the statistical output alerts the analyst to a potential nonoverlap in the marginal distributions. An investigator may be comparing year-old smokers with year-old nonsmokers, whereas traditional statistical approaches assume that the groups have the same covariate distributions and the statistical analyses are often limited to linear adjustments and extrapolation.

Cochran illustrated that some statistical approaches e. Rosenbaum and Rubin extended the notion of subclassification to the multivariate case i. Propensity score matching allows the matching of cases and controls in terms of their propensities or probabilities of receiving the intervention on the basis of a number of potentially confounding variables.

The result is a matched set of cases and controls that are, in terms of probability, equally likely to have received the treatment. The limitation is that the results from such a comparison will be less generalizable than the results of a randomized study, in which each individual in the total sample has the same likelihood of being a case or a control.

In randomized experiments, ignoring important covariates increases the standard errors of the estimates. By contrast, in observational studies bias can result and the standard errors can be underestimated, leading to an opportunity for a chance association and potentially misleading results.

Such problems become more complex as the number of potential outcome variables increase beyond one. Investigators in clinical trials use the method of masking or blinding , in which neither the participant nor the physician, investigator, or evaluator knows who is assigned to the placebo or control group and who will receive the experimental intervention.

The purpose of masking is to minimize the occurrences of conscious and unconscious biases in the conduct of a clinical trial and in the interpretation of its results Pocock, The knowledge of whether a participant is receiving the intervention under study or is in the control group may have an effect on several aspects of a study, including the recruitment and allocation of participants, their subsequent care, the attitudes of the study participants toward the interventions, the assessment of outcomes, the handling of withdrawals, and the exclusion of data from analysis.

The essential aim of masking is to prevent identification of the interventions that individuals are receiving until all opportunities for biases have passed Pocock, Many randomized trials that have not used appropriate levels of masking show larger treatment effects than blinded studies Day and Altman, In a double-blind trial, neither the participants nor the research or medical staff responsible for the management or clinical evaluation of the individuals knows who is receiving the experimental intervention and who is in the control group.

To achieve this, the interventions being compared during the trial must be disguised so that they cannot be distinguished in any way e.

Double-blind trials are thought to produce more objective results, because the expectations of the investigators and participants about the experimental intervention do not affect the outcome of the trial.

Although a double-blind study is ideal for the minimization of bias in clinical trials, use of such a study design may not always be feasible.

The interventions may be so different that it is not possible to disguise one from the other, for example, surgery versus drug therapy. If sham surgery would be necessary to maintain blinding, ethical problems associated with the use of sham surgery may proscribe the use of a double-blind design.

Two drugs may have different forms e. One way to design a double-blind trial in this instance is to use a double-dummy technique e. An alternative design when a double-blind trial is not feasible is the single-blind trial.

In a single blind trial the investigators and their colleagues are aware of the intervention but the research participant is not. When blinding is not feasible, an open-label trial, in which the identity of the intervention is known to both the investigator and the participants, is used. One way to reduce bias in single blind and open-label trials is for those who conduct all clinical assessments to remain blinded to the assignment of interventions.

In single-blind or open-label trials, it is important to place extra emphasis on the minimization of the various known sources of bias as much as possible. Randomization is the process of assigning participants to intervention regimens by using a mechanism of allocation by chance.

Random allocation for the comparison of different interventions has been a mainstay of experimental designs since the pioneering work of Ronald A. Fisher conducted randomized experiments in agriculture in which the experimental units were plots of land to which various crops and fertilizers were assigned in a random arrangement Fisher, Randomization guards against the use of judgment or systematic arrangements that would lead to biased results.

Randomization introduces a deliberate element of chance into the assignment of interventions to participants and therefore is intended to provide a sound statistical basis for the evaluation of the effects of the intervention Pocock, In clinical research, randomization protects against selection bias in treatment assignment and minimizes the differences among groups by optimizing the likelihood of equally distributing people with particular characteristics to the intervention and control arms of a trial.

In randomized experiments, ignoring important covariates, which can lead to differences between the groups, simply increases the standard errors; however, in observational studies, bias can result and the standard errors are underestimated.

There are several different randomization methods Friedman, Furberg, and DeMets, Some of these procedures are designed to ensure balance among intervention groups with respect to important prognostic factors, and thus, the probability of assignment to a particular intervention may change over the course of the trial.

Thus, randomization does not always imply that an individual participant has a 50 percent chance of being assigned to a particular intervention. Clinical trials can use either randomized controls or nonrandomized controls.

In a trial with nonrandomized controls, the choice of intervention group and control group is decided deliberately. For example, patients with a specific disease characteristic are assigned to the experimental intervention, whereas those with another disease characteristic are assigned to the control arm.

On scientific grounds it is easy to conclude that the use of a randomized control group is always preferred. The consensus view among clinical investigators is that, in general, the use of nonrandomized controls can result in biased and unreliable results Pocock, Randomization in combination with masking helps to avoid possible bias in the selection of participants, their assignment to an intervention or control, and the analysis of their response to the intervention.

The health outcomes assessed are pivotal for both the scientific and substantive credibilities of all trials—and are even more pivotal for small trials. The selection of outcomes should meet the guidelines for validity Tugwell and Bombardier, In psychology, the concepts of validity and reliability have been developed with the view that measurement is mainly done to discriminate between states and to prognosticate from a single measurement.

For example, an intelligence test can be administered to children at the end of their primary school years to suggest the needed level of secondary education. In clinical trials, however, measurement of change e. Thus, the concept of responsiveness or sensitivity to change becomes important, but its nomenclature and methodology have not been well developed.

In the selection of outcome measures, validity is not the only issue—feasibility also determines which of the valid outcome measures can actually be applied. The most important criteria for selecting an endpoint include truth, discrimination and feasibility Boers, Brooks, Strand, et al.

Any clinical trial design requires precision in the process by which participants are determined to be eligible for inclusion. The objective is to ensure that participants in a clinical trial are representative of some future class of patients or individuals to whom the trial's findings might be applied Pocock, In the early phases of clinical trial development, research participants are often selected from a small subgroup of the population in which the intervention might eventually be used.

This is done to maximize the chance of observing the specific clinical effects of interest. In these early stages it is sometimes necessary to compromise and study a somewhat less representative group Pocock, Similarly, preliminary data collected from one population e.

A standard approach asks five questions:. How small a treatment difference is it important to detect, and with what degree of certainty should that treatment difference be demonstrated? Statistical methods can then be developed around qualitative or quantitative outcomes.

A critical aspect of trial design is to first make use of statistical methods to determine the population size needed to determine the feasibility of the clinical trial.

The number of participants in a clinical trial should always be large enough to provide a sufficiently precise answer to the question posed, but it should also be the minimum necessary to achieve this aim.

A trial with only a small number of participants carries a considerable risk of failing to demonstrate a treatment difference when one is really present Type II error see the Glossary for explanations of Type I and Type II errors. In general, small studies are more prone to variability and thus are likely to be able to detect only large intervention effects with adequate statistical power.

Variance is a measure of the dispersion or variation of data within a population distribution. In the example of the effects of microgravity on bone mineral density loss during space travel see Box , there is a tendency to assume that the astronaut is the unit of analysis and hence to focus on components of variance across astronauts.

In this case, it becomes important to consider the other components of variance in addition to the among-person variance. In a study of bone mineral density loss among astronauts, the components of variance may include:.

variation in bone mineral density across time for a single astronaut on Earth or in microgravity;. differences in bone mineral density for that astronaut on Earth and after a fixed period of time in microgravity; and.

differences in bone mineral density among astronauts both on Earth and in microgravity. The goal would be to characterize changes for an individual astronaut or a small group of astronauts, even though they do not perfectly represent a large population. It is reasonable to focus on true trends for a particular astronaut over time, which requires careful repeated measurements over time and which makes relevant the component of variance within a person rather than the component of variance among persons.

Significance tests e. However, statistical significance is not the same as clinical or societal significance. Clinical or societal significance relevance must be assessed in terms of whether the magnitude of the observed effect is meaningful in the context of established clinical practice or public health.

An increase of risk from 1 in 10 to 2 in 10 has a clinical implication different from that of an increase of 1 in 10, to 2 in 10,, even though the risk has doubled in each case. In hypothesis testing, the null hypothesis and one's confidence in either its validation or refute are the issue:. The basic overall principle is that the researcher's theory is considered false until demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt to be true This is expressed as an assumption that the null hypothesis, the contradiction of the researcher's theory, is true A statistical test defines a rule that, when applied to the data, determines whether the null hypothesis can be rejected Both the significance level and the power of the test are derived by calculating with what probability a positive verdict would be obtained the null hypothesis rejected if the same trial were run over and over again Kraemer and Thiemann, , pp.

A clinical trial is often formulated as a hypothesis as to whether an experimental therapy is effective. However, confidence intervals may provide a better indication of the level of uncertainty. In the clinical trial setting, the hypothesis test is natural, because the goal is to determine whether an experimental therapy should be used.

In clinical trials, confidence intervals are used in the same manner as hypothesis tests. Thus, if the interval includes the null hypothesis, one concludes that the experimental therapy has not proved to be more effective than the control. To obtain the significance level, hypothetical repeats of trials are done when the null hypothesis is taken to be true.

To obtain power, repeat tests are done when the alternative hypothesis is correct. To compute power, the researcher must have developed from preliminary data a critical-effect size, that is, a measure of how strong the theory must minimally be to be important to the individual being offered the therapy or important to society Kraemer and Thiemann, , p.

Changing designs or measures used or choosing one valid test over another changes the definition of effect size. Moreover, the critical-effect size is individual- or population-specific as well as measurement-specific Kraemer and Thiemann, Modern clinical trials go back more than 40 years, and a wide variety of clinical trial designs have been developed and adapted over the past 25 years.

To the extent possible, each of these designs uses the concepts of control and randomization to make comparisons among groups Box Some of these designs, which are generally used in larger studies, can also be adapted for use in some small studies.

For example, crossover designs can be used in small clinical studies and can be used in within-subject trials. Each is described below. Traditional Designs for Clinical Trials. Parallel-group design Crossover design.

The most common clinical trial design is the parallel-group design, in which participants are randomized to one of two or more arms Pocock, These arms include the new intervention under investigation and one or more control arms, such as a placebo control or an active control.

The randomized parallel-group design is typically used to evaluate differences in the effects of different interventions across time. Trials that use the parallel-group design are often double blinded. Because of the improved ability to control for bias through randomization and blinding, the analysis of such trials and the interpretation of their results are generally straightforward.

The crossover design compares two or more interventions by randomly assigning each participant to receive the interventions being tested in a different sequence.

Once one intervention is completed, participants are switched to another intervention. For example, in a two-by-two crossover design, each participant randomly receives one drug for one period of time and then another drug for a second period of time, with the administration of each drug separated by a washout period i.

With this type of study, each participant serves as his or her own control. There are several advantages to this trial design, including a reduction in the number of participants required to achieve a statistically significant result and the ability to control for patient specific effects. This design can also be useful for studying a patient's response to short periods of therapy, particularly for chronic conditions in which the initial evaluation of treatment efficacy is concerned with the measurement of short-term relief of symptoms Pocock, A criticism of this design is that the effects of one intervention may carry over into the period when the next intervention is given.

Crossover studies cannot be done if the effects of the interventions are irreversible e. Additional problems with crossover studies occur if participants withdraw from the study before they receive both interventions or the outcomes are affected by the order in which the interventions are administered Senn, Crossover designs are occasionally used in psychological studies because of the opportunity to use each patient at least twice and because of the probability that the component of the variance within individual patients is smaller than between patients Matthews, In a factorial design, two or more treatments are evaluated simultaneously with the same participant population through the use of various combinations of the treatments.

For example, in a two-by-two factorial design, participants are randomly allocated to one of the four possible combinations of two treatments, treatments A and B: treatment A alone, treatment B alone, both treatments A and B, or neither treatment A nor treatment B.

The usual intention of using this design is to make efficient use of clinical trial participants by evaluating the efficacies of the two treatments with the same number of participants that would be required to evaluate the efficacy of either one alone.

The success of this approach depends on the absence of any relevant interaction between treatments A and B so that the effect of treatment A is virtually identical whether or not treatment B is administered.

This design can also be used to test the interaction of treatments A and B, but then, the advantages of efficiency no longer apply because much larger trials are necessary to detect a clinically relevant interaction. The factorial design can also be used to establish the dose-response characteristics of a combination product, for example, one that combines treatments C and D.

Different doses of treatment C are selected, usually including a dose of zero placebo , and similar doses of treatment D are also chosen. Participants in each arm of the trial receive a different combination of doses of treatments C and D. The resulting estimate of the response may then be used to help to identify an appropriate combination of doses of treatments C and D for clinical use.

In an add-on design, a placebo-controlled trial of an experimental intervention is tested with people already receiving an established, effective treatment. Thus, all participants receive the established, effective treatment. The add-on design is especially useful for the testing of experimental interventions that have a mechanism of action different from that of the established, effective treatment.

Experimental interventions for patients with acute myocardial infarctions and, increasingly, patients with rheumatoid arthritis, for example, are often tested in studies with this design. The add-on design is the only one that can be used in long-term studies of treatments for heart failure since standard therapy is lifesaving and cannot be denied Temple, However, the add-on design is most useful for the testing of experimental interventions that have mechanisms of action different from that of the established, effective treatment.

In a randomized withdrawal design, individuals who respond positively to an experimental intervention are randomized to continue receiving that intervention or to receive a placebo.

This trial design minimizes the amount of time that individuals receive a placebo Temple, During the trial, the return of symptoms or the ability to continue participation in the trial are study endpoints Temple, The advantages of this study design are that individuals receiving the experimental intervention continue to do so only if they respond, whereas individuals receiving the placebo do so only until their symptoms return.

Disadvantages include carryover effects, difficulties assessing whether the underlying disease process is still active, and long lag times to adverse events if the disease is in remission.

This design is more appropriate in phase I and II trials involving healthy volunteers because it is less likely that effective treatments are being withdrawn from those who need it. In some studies, however, measurement of the placebo effect is essential e.

In those cases, voluntary, informed consent is essential, as is the provision of care during the withdrawal period. The early-escape design is another way to minimize an individual's duration of exposure to a placebo.

In the early-escape design, participants are removed from the study if symptoms reach a defined level or they fail to respond to a defined extent. The failure rate can then be used as the measure of efficacy.

Thus, in a study with an early-escape design, participants are only briefly exposed to ineffective interventions Temple, Multicenter trials, although not a traditional design, provide an efficient way of establishing the efficacy of a new intervention; however, certain caveats must be noted.

Sometimes multicenter trials provide the only means of accruing a sample of sufficient size within a reasonable time frame. Another advantage of multicenter trials is that they provide a better basis for the subsequent generalization of findings because the participants are recruited from a wider population and the treatment is administered in a broader range of clinical settings.

In this sense, the environment in which a multicenter trial is conducted might more truly represent the environment for future uses of the test intervention. On the other hand, multicenter trials may require the use of multiple standards and quality control.

A number of trial designs especially lend themselves to studies with small numbers of participants, including single subject n -of-1 designs, sequential designs, decision analysis-based designs, ranking and selection designs, adaptive designs, and risk-based allocation designs Box Special Design Issues for Small Clinical Trials.

n -of-1 design Sequential design. Clinicians are often faced with treatment decisions when they cannot rely on the results of an RCT because the results do not apply to that patient or a relevant trial might not yet have been done. Trials with this type of design referred to as a trial with an n -of-1 design have a long tradition in the behavioral sciences and have more recently been used in clinical medicine Johannessen, Trials with such designs can improve the certainty of a treatment decision for a single patient; a series of trials with such designs may permit more general inferences to be drawn about a specific treatment approach Johannessen, They also become useful when a population is believed to be heterogeneous.

The central premise of trials with such designs is that the patient e. The factors that can mislead physicians conducting conventional therapeutic trials—the placebo effect, the natural history of the illness, and expectations about the treatment effect—can be avoided in trials of therapy with n -of 1-designs by safeguards that permit the natural, untreated course of the disorder to be observed and by keeping the patient and the clinician blind to the timing of active treatment.

Guyatt and colleagues describe one method of conducting an RCT with an n -of-1 design:. RCTs with n -of 1 designs may be indicated if an RCT has shown that some patients are unresponsive to treatment, if there is doubt about whether a treatment is really providing a benefit to a particular patient; when the patient insists on taking a treatment that the clinician thinks is useless or potentially harmful, when a patient is experiencing symptoms suspected to be medication side effects but neither the patient nor the clinician is certain, and when neither the clinician nor the patient is confident of the optimal dose of a medication or replacement therapy Edgington, In addition, RCTs with n -of-1 designs are most useful for the study of treatments for chronic conditions for which maintenance therapy is likely to be continued for long periods of time and if the treatment effect occurs soon after the initiation of treatment and ceases soon after the withdrawal of treatment.

Trials with n -of 1 designs are also attractive for the study of vaguely defined or heterogeneous conditions Table For patients with these conditions, studies with n -of-1 designs may generate new hypotheses for the design of subsequent conventional group trials and can bridge the gap between research and clinical practice Johannessen, Considerations in Performing a Trial with an n -of-1 Design.

One concern about trials with n -of-1 designs is whether clinically relevant targets of treatment can be measured. Outcome measures often extend beyond a set of physical signs e. Thus, in most situations it is preferable to directly measure a patient's symptoms, well being, or quality of life.

The measurement of a patient's symptoms may also include the side effects of treatment Guyatt, Sackett, Adachi, et al. One of the advantages to not specifying the number of pairs of treatment periods in advance is that the trial can be stopped at any time.

If, on the other hand, one wishes to conduct a standard statistical analysis of data e. Regardless of whether the number of treatment periods is specified in advance, it is advisable to have at least two pairs of treatment periods before breaking the trial Guyatt, Conclusions drawn after a single pair of treatments are likely to be either false positive that the treatment is effective when it is not or false negative that the treatment is not effective when it is.

Moreover, a positive effect of treatment in one patient is not a reliable predictor of the responses in future patients. A preliminary treatment period with active therapy, during which both the clinician and the patient know that active therapy is being received, could save time.

If there is no evidence of a response during such an open trial or if intolerable side effects occur, an RCT with an n -of-1 design may be meaningless or impossible.

An open preliminary treatment period may also be used to determine the optimal dose of the medication to be used in the trial. If requirements similar to those required for conventional group trials—strict entry criteria, uniform treatment procedures, consensus scales for outcome measures, and acceptable statistical tests—are applied to a series of trials with n -of-1 designs, conclusions may be generalizable to the target population Johannessen, ; Zucker, Schmid, McIntosh, et al.

This has the advantage that the patients are exposed to placebo only for as long as is needed to get an answer both for the patients and for the main population database.

A repeated-measures design is likely to be very useful in small studies. The extreme of a small repeated-measures design is the study with an n -of-1 design. At the design phase of a study with a repeated-measures design, the correlation structure of the measures is an important parameter. One would need to explore the feasibility i.

In a study with a sequential design, participants are sequentially enrolled in the study and are assigned a treatment assignment is usually at random. The investigator then changes the probabilities that participants will be assigned to any particular treatment on the basis of as they become available.

The object is to improve the efficiency, safety, or efficacy of the experiment as it is in progress by changing the rules by which one determines how participants are allocated to the various treatments. Strategies for sequential dose-response designs include up-and-down methods, stochastic approximation methods, maximum-likelihood methods, and Bayesian methods.

Recently, attention has been focused on the continual reassessment methods which is a Bayesian sequential design Durham, Flournoy, and Rosenberger, Random-walk rules are particularly attractive for use in the design of dose-response studies for several reasons: exact finite and asymptotic distribution theory is completely worked out, which allows the experimenter to choose design parameters for the most ethical allocation scheme; specific designs can be chosen that allow the chosen design points to be distributed unimodally around a quantile of interest; the designs are very simple to implement; and the designs operate on a finite lattice of dosages Durham, Flournoy, and Rosenberger, Random-walk rules identify a class of rules for which the sample paths form random walks.

Thus, if there is a fixed probability of transitioning from state A to state B and another fixed probability of transitioning from state B to state A in a two-state process a Markov chain , then sequences of states such as A, B, B, A, B, are random walks.

The design allocates treatments to pairs of participants in a way that causes the treatment distribution to cluster around the treatment with a maximum probability of success Dixon and Mood, ; Kpamegan and Flournoy, An up-and-down design has some advantages in clinical trials, in that it allows more conservative movement across a range of treatments.

To optimize an up-and-down design, one treats individuals in pairs, with one receiving the lower-dose treatment and the other receiving the higher-dose treatment.

If the lower-dose treatment results in a treatment failure and the higher-dose treatment results in a treatment success, the doses of the treatment are increased for the next pair.

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A cohort study follows the group over a period of time. A research team may recruit people who do not have cancer and collect information about them for a number of years. They then look to see whether the people who developed cancer had anything in common.

Cohort studies are very useful ways of finding out more about risk factors. But they are expensive and time consuming. Case control studies work the opposite way to cohort studies.

The research team recruits a group of people who have a disease cases and a group of people who don't controls. They then look back to see how many people in each group were exposed to a certain risk factor. Researchers want to make the results as reliable as possible. So they try to make sure the people in each group have the same general factors such as age or gender.

Case control studies are useful and they are quicker and cheaper than cohort studies. But the results may be less reliable. The research team often rely on people thinking back and remembering whether they were exposed to a certain risk factor or not.

But people may not remember accurately, and this can affect the results. Another issue is the difference between association and cause. For example, a case control study may show that people with a lower income are more likely to develop cancer. It may mean that they have a poor diet or are more likely to smoke.

Cross sectional studies are carried out at one point in time, or over a short period of time. They find out who has been exposed to a risk factor and who has developed cancer, and see if there is a link.

Cross sectional studies are quicker and cheaper to do. But the results can be less useful. Sometimes researchers do a cross sectional study first to find a possible link. Then they go on to do a case control or cohort study to look at the issue in more detail.

Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Healthcare Research 1st edition R Sumantra, S Fitzpatrick, R Golubic and others Oxford University Press, Phases of clinical trials. Finding a clinical trial. Skip to main content. Types of clinical trials. Medical research studies involving people are called clinical trials.

There are two main types of trials or studies - interventional and observational. There are different types of trials within these two groups. If the investigator can guess that the next treatment to be assigned will be the experimental treatment, he might select a patient with higher expected response to be included in the trial.

On the other hand, if he guesses the next assignment to be to the other treatment group, he might include a patient with worse expected response. As a particular guessing strategy , it is sensible for the investigator to guess the treatment which at that point of the enrollment has been allocated less frequently, knowing that, in the end of the trial, the treatment groups are expected to be balanced.

Of course, the situation that an investigator guesses the next treatment assignments constitutes a worst case scenario. While Blackwell and Hodges [ 7 ] where concerned with the impact of selection bias on the mean difference between the treatment groups, we want to measure its impact in hypothesis tests with multi-arm trials.

In two-arm trials, Proschan [ 11 ] and Kennes et al. Proschan [ 11 ] coined the term biasing policy for the model of the biased patients responses. The generalization of the guessing strategy to multi-arm trials is not straight forward.

On the one hand, an investigator might not strictly favour one treatment over all others, but might have a set of favoured treatments. On the other hand, ties in the number of patients per treatment group will occur frequently, and there are several options of how to deal with them.

In the following, we therefore propose two biasing policies that seem relevant from a practical point of view. Different models for b arise depending on the guessing strategy of the investigator. The parameter is the strength of the shift introduced by the investigator.

We are interested in the effect of fitting the model described in Eq 1 , knowing that due to the misspecification that results from ignoring η b , the error term now follows a normal distribution with expectation η b and variance σ 2 I N. To determine the components of b , a reasonable generalization of the Blackwell and Hodges model is that the investigator would favour a subset of treatment groups, and would assume that any of them will be assigned next, when all of the groups in have fewer patients than the remaining groups.

The investigator will guess that one of the not favoured groups will be allocated next, if all of the not favoured groups have fewer patients than the smallest of the favoured groups.

The following example illustrates that the bias vector depends on the realization of the randomization sequence. Example 1. In a trial with three treatment groups that compares one experimental treatment to two standard of care treatments, the investigator may adopt biasing policy I when he favours the experimental treatment as the favoured treatment,.

Table 1 shows the computation of the bias vector for the randomization list that is represented by the design matrix X with the columns x 1 , x 2 , x 3 shown in the table. We see that the first patient is allocated to group 1, the second to group 2, and so forth.

After including the first patient to the experimental group 1, group 1 is larger than any of the standard of care groups 2 and 3. After the second patient, the experimental group 1 and the standard of care group 2 have the same number of patients, so the investigator is unsure which treatment will be assigned next, and includes a neutral patient.

An alternate bias model may result in a trial where several doses of an active treatment are compared to a placebo or a control treatment.

In this situation the investigator may favour the active treatment, irrespective of the doses. He would try to allocate patients with lower expected response to the control groups, and patient with higher expected response to the experimental groups.

Following the same argument as above, the investigator would guess that one of his favoured treatment groups will be allocated next, when any of the groups in has fewer patients than any of the treatment groups , and guess the treatment groups when any treatment group in has more patients than the group of with fewest patients.

As before, the bias vector depends on the randomization sequence, as illustrated in the following example. Example 2. In a trial with three treatment groups, assume that the investigator avoids the placebo treatment and equally favours the remaining treatment groups.

Table 2 shows the computation of the bias vector for the design matrix X given by the columns x 1 , x 2 , x 3 shown in the table. Note that the design matrix is the same as in Example 1, only the biasing policy changes. The first patient is allocated to the group 1 which is now the not favoured placebo group.

After the first allocation, the treatment group 3 is always smaller than the placebo group. Guessing that the next patient will be allocated to group 3, the investigator would include a patient with better expected response.

Examples 1 and 2 show that biasing policy I may introduce bias for fewer patients than biasing policy II, and can therefore be considered stricter. When applying the global F -test in the misspecified model given in Eq 1 , the type I error probability may be biased by the selection bias policy.

In order to measure the impact of selection bias on the test decision, we have to derive the distribution of the F -statistic S F in Eq 3 when selection bias is present. When the responses are influenced by selection bias which is defined by the bias vector b and depends on the randomization sequence, the error term in Eq 1 follows a normal distribution that is no longer identically distributed.

We now show that S F , the test statistic of the F -test, follows a doubly noncentral F -distribution. Using the notation 8 and definition Using Theorem 7. Third, using Theorem 7. This follows directly by multiplication. From Eqs 9 and 10 it becomes clear that the noncentrality parameters, and therefore the distribution of the test statistic, depends on the particular realization of the randomization sequence.

Johnson et al. We further propose to consider the probability of an inflated type I error probability as evaluation criterion: 12 where P X denotes the probability of a randomization sequence represented by X , and Ω PBD denotes the set of all randomization sequences produced by PBD cK.

This section illustrates the use of the above derivations with numerical examples. We have shown that the rejection probability can be calculated for each individual randomization list generated by the a randomization procedure.

However, the number of sequences grows exponentially in N and K. Therefore, simulations are used for the calculation of the randomization lists, but not for the type I error probability.

The derived distribution is represented by box plots and the corresponding summary statistic. The R package randomizeR version 1. Then we calculate the distribution of the type I error probabilities as indicated in Eq 11 , and the proportion of sequences that lead to an inflated type I error probability as in Eq In doing so, we adopt a recommendation of Tamm et al.

In a first step, the above methodology is applied to investigate the difference between the biasing policies assuming the scenarios of Examples 1 and 2. We set the favoured treatment groups to be for biasing policy I and for biasing policy II.

In case of a single block of length N PBD N , the influence of the biasing policies was comparable. For smaller block sizes, biasing policy II leads to higher type I error probabilities than the biasing policy I. In the second step, we restricted our attention to the strict biasing policy with to investigate the impact of selection bias under variation of the number of groups, the sample size and the selection effect.

Figs 2 and 3 show the proportion of sequences that lead to an inflation of the type I error probability as proposed in Eq In all scenarios we investigated, at least thirty percent of the sequences in the sample lead to an inflation of the type I error-probability. However, the maximum proportion of inflated sequences varied according to the randomization procedure.

For all the randomization procedures we investigated, the proportion of inflated sequences grew when the number of treatment groups remained the same but the number of patients per group was increased.

In a small trial, one third of the sequences had inflated type I error probability. This means that already a relatively small bias can lead to the same proportion of sequences with inflated type I error probability as a large bias.

Calculations are based on Eq Figs 4 and 5 show the impact of selection bias on the distribution of the type I error probabilities as proposed in Eq We can see in Fig 4 that both the variability and mean of the type I error probability increased with increasing selection effect.

This effect is less pronounced in medium and large trials than in small trials. The shift of mean and median was most pronounced for block size K. Given a number of treatment groups K , the variability decreased with the size of the trial, while the mean type I error probability remained the same.

A red dot marks the mean type I error probability in each scenario. The axis range is 0, 0. In this section, we present a possible unbiased analysis strategy that can serve as a sensitivity analysis. When the response is affected by selection bias as modeled in Eqs 6 or 7 , the responses follow the linear model described in Eq 1.

In contrast to the previous sections where we investigated the influence of model misspecification on the type I error probability, we now want to investigate the influence of fitting the correct model, namely, on the power, where the design matrix contains an additional column that accounts for the bias and the unknown parameter contains the selection effect as an additional unknown parameter.

Because we included the selection bias effect η in the model, the random error is independently and identically distributed. As before, a global F -test can be used to test the null hypothesis of equal expectation in the groups as given in Eq 2.

We conducted a simulation study to investigate the performance of this bias adjusted test in a practical scenario. We used the R package car [ 21 ] to account for the type III sum of squares required due to the unbalanced design induced by the biasing policy.

A Power of the F -test adjusted for selection bias. B Power of the F -test not adjusted for selection bias. In all other cases, the presence of selection bias leads to an over-estimation of the treatment difference, resulting in an inflated power increasing with ρ. The degree of the inflation depends on the block length, reflecting the predicability of the permuted block design.

The steps are similar to those of [ 22 ] who derived a likelihood ratio test for the presence of selection bias in two-arm trials. We recommend conducting the selection bias adjusted test as a sensitivity analysis for the presence of selection bias.

We have shown that more than two treatment arms do not protect the test decision in a clinical trial from the influence of selection bias. While the extent of the distortion of the test decision may depend on a variety of possible settings, the fact that selection bias can impact the test decision has to be acknowledged also under very conservative assumptions.

Contrary to common misconceptions cf. We proposed two biasing policies for selection bias that generalize the guessing strategy that has been proposed for two-arm trials by Blackwell and Hodges [ 7 ]. Using these models, we derived a formula for calculation of the impact of selection bias on the overall F —test, which can be applied to all non-adaptive, unstratified randomization procedures.

We derived the exact conditional distribution of the test statistic given a particular randomization sequence, and proposed a formula for the exact rejection probability given a randomization sequence under the selection bias model.

This makes it possible to evaluate the influence of selection bias on the type I error probability, as required by the ICH E9 guideline [ 17 ]. In contrast to previous approaches, e. We applied the derivation to quantify the impact of selection bias on the test decision in multi-arm clinical trials with permuted block design.

Our results show that previous findings [ 14 , 15 , 23 ] extend to multi-arm clinical trials; namely the influence of selection bias on the mean type I error probability is most pronounced for small block sizes.

While the extent of the inflation of the type I error was shown to be sensitive to the biasing policy, small block sizes have been shown to be problematic irrespective of the biasing policy employed. In the investigated scenarios, selection bias lead to an inflation of the power when it was not accounted for in the analysis.

Preliminary research shows that this unadjusted test can also lead to a deflation of the power in some scenarios when the variability of the responses outweighs the effect on the estimated treatment effect.

We further showed that the adjustment for selection bias in the analysis leads to a substantial loss in power when small block sizes are used. To protect multi-arm trials against selection bias, we recommend that a randomization procedure with very few restrictions should be used.

In particular, the permuted block design should only be used with large block sizes. Then a selection bias adjusted test can serve as a sensitivity analysis for the susceptibility of the results to selection bias.

Note that, under the Blackwell and Hodges model, random block sizes do not provide any benefit for the reduction of selection bias [ 6 ].

We strongly encourage researchers and clinical trialists to assess the extent of selection bias for a variety of block lengths and, if available, randomization procedures at the planning stage of their particular trial. We recommend to follow a procedure similar to the template proposed by Hilgers et al.

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