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Figure 1: Exhibit of the IDeAl project broken down in the workpackages. Overall, there are three levels which have to be addressed when considering small clinical trials.

At the first level, the rigorous application of already developed efficient design and analysis techniques is recommended.

Using these methods can lead to application of techniques used in traditional clinical trials in smaller populations also. The benefit would be, that these techniques are in accordance with the regulatory and scientific guidelines and thus already accepted by all stakeholders.

Within this context one can think about using optimal crossover designs, using ANCOVA models and avoiding analysis of percent change analysis, etc. At this level training about best methods and consultation forum for researchers and patients are most effective and necessary.

At the second level, evaluations of the traditional methods for design and analysis of clinical trials are necessary, to show the validity of these methods with respect to small sample sizes. Within this context, we need to understand e. when randomization fails to protect against bias, if linear mixed effects models are sensitive against imbalance, how reliable are interim data in an anyhow small clinical trial.

And consequently at the third level, new methods should be developed for design and analysis of clinical trials where the traditional methods fail. The research of the IDeAl project is addressed in particular to level two and three.

It is important not only to publish the research findings of the project in scientific journals. A strong mandate is to inform all relevant stakeholders through workshops, webinars etc about these methods and to train young scientist with these methods. Randomization is one of the key features of clinical trials in drug development to minimize bias in clinical trials and consequently identify differences in the outcome variable by treatments alone.

The argument is well accepted for larger trials but the less is known for smaller trials. Obviously, the question arises, which randomization procedure performs best for smaller clinical trials, and according to the ICH E6 guideline, what is the appropriate analysis method.

In rare diseases there are two types of bias which might affect the outcome, selection and chronological bias. Meanwhile our analysis indicates that they are working in an opposite direction. Depending on the amount of bias there is no unique choice of the best procedure, however an analysis of the performance could be made using the software tool randomizR.

After conducting a trial according to a specified randomization procedure, the appropriate statistical test is a randomization test. The implementation of this test in the software is currently under work.

Biostatisticians have frequently and uncritically accepted the measurements provided by their medical colleagues engaged in clinical research. Such measures often involve considerable loss of information.

Particularly unfortunate is the widespread use of the so? called number needed to treat scale of measurement. Other problems involve inefficient use of baseline measurements, the use of covariates measured after the start of treatment, the interpretation of titrations and composite response measures.

Many of these bad practices are becoming enshrined in the regulatory guidance to the pharmaceutical industry. We consider the losses involved in inappropriate measures and suggest that statisticians should pay more attention to this aspect of their work It is well know that there is a considerable loss of information when continuous variables are dichotomised.

In trials in common diseases, sample sizes are often greater than is necessary to provide proof of efficacy because trials are sized to prove safety and tolerability.

Where this is the case, dichotomies, although still to be regretted, may not have a disastrous effect on the ability to prove efficacy.

For rare diseases this will not be the case and such measures can and should be avoided A regrettably common use of baseline measures is to construct so called change scores, or worse, calculate percentage change from baseline. The first does not make an efficient use of baselines and the second compounds this error by constructing a measure that has very poor distributional properties.

There is scope for considerable gains in efficiency by using instead analysis of covariance ANCOVA fitting the baseline values or, where relative change is considered important, log transforming the baselines and outcomes prior to using ANCOVA 49,52, Especially when trials are small, considerable information can be gained by collecting measurements repeatedly over time.

Moreover, such longitudinal profile allow the assessments of effect, largely based on within? patient changes, that otherwise could not be studied. Partial longitudinal profiles offer well? known opportunities when patients drop out from therapy or from the study altogether, prior to the planned end of the study Stratification may or may not improve the efficiency of a trial by reducing the variance of the treatment effect.

This is rather questionable, where the sample size is small and high unbalanced strata are to be expected. On the other hand, the argument for stratification is to reduce variance. This does not hold in general for rare diseases.

Adaptive interim analyses 29 are another tool to improve the performance of clinical trials. However, the operating characteristics of potential adaptations should be carefully evaluated by clinical trial simulations beforehand.

Especially adaptive seamless designs have a potential in small populations as they allow to tackle different objectives within a single trials using all limited data at hand.

RDH declares to have no relevant affiliation with any organisation or entity with a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript.

FK declares to have no relevant affiliation with any organisation or entity with a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript.

GM declares to have no relevant affiliation with any organisation or entity with a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript.

SS Acts as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry and holds shares in Novartis. He is not aware however that any matters discussed here will have any material effect on any organisation or entity with whom he is associated.

Carl Fredrik Burmann PhD, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden. Malgorzata Bogdan PhD, Warschau University, Warschau, Polen. Holger Dette PhD, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. Dieter Hilgers PhD, RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Mats Karlsson PhD, UPPSALA University, Uppsala, Sweden. Franz König PhD, Medical University Vienna, Austria. Christoph Male PhD, Medical University Vienna, Austria.

France Mentré PhD, INSERM Paris, France. Geert Molenberghs PhD, I? BioStat, KU Leuven, Leuven Belgium. Stephen Senn PhD, LIH Luxembourg, Luxembourg. This research receives funding by grant from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the IDEAL Grant Agreement no Clinical trials Rare disease populations IDeAl consortium.

Home Articles Article Details. BioStat, Universiteit Hasselt, B? Introduction Common to the definition of rare diseases is the relative frequency of the number of affected patients in the parent population. The landscape for small clinical trials In what follows we will describe the most important practical aspects that affect the development of new methodologies for clinical trials in small population groups.

Practical aspects for clinical trials in rare diseases There is a growing pressure for orphan drug approvals to treat rare diseases from patients, health care bodies, governments etc.

Design aspects for clinical trials in rare diseases There is a considerable amount of information in rare diseases from observational studies. Analysis aspects for clinical trials in rare diseases Various recommendations concern the analysis of small clinical trials.

Various aspects for clinical trials in rare diseases There is considerable scope for improving drug development in rare diseases by using the promise of integrative mathematical analysis applied to pharmacokinetic? Expert Opinion We have referred to various actual aspects of statistical methodologies for design and analysis of small clinical trials, which are present in the evaluation of new therapies in rare diseases.

To give some more specific recommendations: Randomization is one of the key features of clinical trials in drug development to minimize bias in clinical trials and consequently identify differences in the outcome variable by treatments alone.

Declaration of Interest RDH declares to have no relevant affiliation with any organisation or entity with a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript.

IDeAl Consortium: Carl Fredrik Burmann PhD, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden Malgorzata Bogdan PhD, Warschau University, Warschau, Polen Holger Dette PhD, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany Ralf? Dieter Hilgers PhD, RWTH Aachen University, Germany Mats Karlsson PhD, UPPSALA University, Uppsala, Sweden Franz König PhD, Medical University Vienna, Austria Christoph Male PhD, Medical University Vienna, Austria France Mentré PhD, INSERM Paris, France Geert Molenberghs PhD, I?

BioStat, KU Leuven, Leuven Belgium Stephen Senn PhD, LIH Luxembourg, Luxembourg Acknowledgement This research receives funding by grant from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the IDEAL Grant Agreement no References Stephens MJ, Blazynski P, Blazynski C.

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Tamm M, Cramer E, Kennes LN, et al. DNA from archival formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor tissue was tested using a MALDI-TOF MS hotspot panel or a targeted next generation sequencing NGS panel. Somatic variants were classified according to clinical actionability and an annotated report included in the electronic medical record.

Enrolment in genotype-matched versus genotype-unmatched clinical trials following release of profiling results and response by RECIST v1. From March to July , patients were enrolled and tested. Few advanced solid tumor patients enrolled in a prospective institutional molecular profiling trial were treated subsequently on genotype-matched therapeutic trials.

In this non-randomized comparison, genotype-enrichment of early phase clinical trials was associated with an increased objective tumor response rate. NCT date of registration 4 January Molecular profiling can provide diagnostic, prognostic, or treatment-related information to guide cancer patient management.

Advances in next-generation sequencing NGS have enabled multiplex testing to overcome the constraints associated with sequential single-analyte testing [ 1 — 3 ]. Large-scale research projects have elucidated genomic landscapes of many cancers but have provided limited insight into the clinical utility of genomic testing.

Our aim was to evaluate if targeted DNA profiling improves outcomes for patients assigned to clinical trials based on knowledge of actionable somatic mutations. At the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre PM , the Integrated Molecular Profiling in Advanced Cancers Trial IMPACT and Community Molecular Profiling in Advanced Cancers Trial COMPACT are prospective studies that provide molecular characterization data to oncologists to match patients with advanced solid tumors to clinical trials with targeted therapies.

For IMPACT, patients with advanced solid tumors treated at PM were prospectively consented for molecular profiling during a routine clinical visit. For COMPACT, patients with advanced solid tumors treated at other hospitals in Ontario were referred to a dedicated weekly clinic at PM for eligibility review, consent, and blood sample collection.

The University Health Network Research Ethics Board approved this study CE. Enrollment for IMPACT began on 1 March and for COMPACT on 16 November and ended on 31 July for this analysis. DNA was extracted from sections of FFPE tumor specimens from biopsies or surgical resections.

FFPE samples were deparaffinized, cells lysed with proteinase K, and DNA extracted using the QIAmp DNA FFPE Tissue Kit Qiagen, Germantown, MD, USA. DNA was quantified using the Qubit dsDNA Assay kit on the Qubit 2.

Participants provided a peripheral blood sample 5 mL in EDTA-coated tubes as a source of matched germline DNA. Patients were offered return of pathogenic germline results at the time of consent and asked to identify a family member delegate who could receive results on their behalf if required.

All testing was performed in a laboratory accredited by the College of American Pathologists CAP and certified to meet Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments CLIA. For more in-depth methodology on molecular profiling assays, including sequence alignment and base calling, see Additional file 1 : Supplementary Methods.

Variants were assessed and classified according to the classification scheme of Sukhai et al. Briefly, a five-class scheme was used to sort variants according to actionability defined as providing information on prognosis, prediction, diagnosis, or treatment , recurrence of variants in specific tumor sites, and known or predicted deleterious effects on protein function.

Interpretation and data integration were performed using Alamut v. Primary review, assessment, and classification of all variants were independently performed by a minimum of two assessors followed by a third review prior to reporting, with cases where assessors disagreed resolved by group discussion.

The molecular profiling report was included in the electronic medical record and returned to the treating oncologist. The clinical significance of profiling results was discussed with PM patients during a routine clinic visit by their treating oncologist.

A PM oncologist reviewed results with patients treated at other hospitals by telephone. All oncologists were provided with regular summary tables of testing results and mutation-specific clinical trial listings available at PM.

A monthly genomic tumor board was convened at PM to establish consensus treatment recommendations for patients with complex profiling results. A committee consisting of a molecular geneticist, medical geneticist, genetic councilor, and medical oncologist reviewed pathogenic germline variants before return of germline testing results.

Germline results were disclosed to the patient or designate by a genetic counselor or medical geneticist. For each patient, baseline patient and tumor characteristics, treatment regimen s , time on treatment s and survival were retrieved from medical records and updated every three months.

Therapeutic clinical trial enrollment was evaluated from the date of reporting molecular profiling results until 9 January Decisions about trial enrollment were based upon trial availability, patient or physician preference, and did not follow a pre-specified algorithm.

Targeted lesion measurements and RECIST 1. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize patient characteristics, profiling results, and anti-tumor activity. Comparisons between patients with profiling results treated on genotype-matched and genotype-unmatched trials were performed using a generalized estimating equation GEE model [ 7 ].

A multi-variable GEE model for response included trial matching by genotype, gender, trial phase, number of lines of prior systemic therapy, investigational agent class, age, tumor type, and sequencing platform. A mixed model was used to compare time on treatment, defined as the date of trial enrollment until the date of discontinuation of investigational treatment.

A robust score test was used to compare overall survival following trial enrolment between genotype-matched and genotype-unmatched groups [ 8 ]. These comparisons accounted for individual patients who were included on multiple therapeutic trials [ 8 ].

The median follow-up from reporting results was 18 months range, 1—33 months. Median laboratory turnaround time sample receipt to report was 32 days range, 6— days.

We attribute the difference in mutation landscape between these two platforms to inclusion of TP53 in the TSACP assay but not in MALDI-TOF see Additional file 1 : Supplemental Methods.

Mutation frequency was calculated as number of variant occurrences within each gene divided by the total number of patients. Class 1 and 2 variants are the most clinically significant with known actionability for the specific variant in the tumor site tested Class 1 or a different tumor site Class 2 [ 4 ].

Distribution of patients by tumor site and most actionable variant identified [ 4 ]. a Proportion and number of variants by tumor site, TSACP.

b Actionability of variants by tumor site, TSACP. c Proportion and number of variants by tumor site, MALDI-TOF. d Actionability of variants per case by tumor site, MALDI-TOF. Patients with more than one variant were counted once by their most actionable variant class. Total number of patients is indicated by value within or below each bar section.

Patients with pancreatobiliary, upper aerodigestive tract, and other solid tumors were least likely to be treated on genotype-matched trials. A complete list of genotype-matched clinical trials by drug class, somatic genotype variant level , and tumor type are summarized in Table 3.

The age and sex distribution, as well as the number of lines of prior systemic therapy, were similar between the genotype-matched and genotype-unmatched trial patient cohorts Table 2. Genotype-matched trial patients were more likely to be treated with targeted drug combinations without chemotherapy or immunotherapy.

Two patients were identified with TP53 variants in DNA extracted from blood. The first patient was a year-old woman diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, with a prior papillary thyroid cancer at the age of 28 years, who had a heterozygous germline TP53 c.

ArgCys pathogenic mutation. Her family history was notable for her mother who died from cancer of unknown primary at the age of 63 years and a maternal aunt with breast cancer at the age of 62 years.

The second patient, a year-old woman diagnosed with metastatic cholangiocarcinoma, had no family history of malignancy. We detected a heterozygous TP53 c. This finding is not consistent with inherited Li-Fraumeni syndrome LFS , but may represent either clonal mosaicism or an age-related or treatment-related mutation limited to blood.

We demonstrated that molecular profiling with mass-spectrometry-based genotyping or targeted NGS can be implemented in a large academic cancer center to identify patients with advanced solid tumors who are candidates for genotype-matched clinical trials. The rapid enrolment to our study reflects the high level of motivation of patients and their oncologists to pursue genomic testing that has been previously reported by our group [ 9 , 10 ] and others [ 1 , 11 — 13 ].

To facilitate trial accrual, we incorporated multidisciplinary tumor board discussions, physician-directed email alerts with genotype-matched trial listings available at our institution, and individual physician summaries of profiling results.

In spite of these efforts, the rate of genotype-matched clinical trial enrolment was low, due to patient deterioration, lack of available clinical trials, and unwillingness of patients to travel for clinical trial participation.

There was no difference in proportion of patients treated on genotype-matched trials who underwent profiling using MALDI-TOF or a larger targeted NGS panel. A key finding of our study is that patients in genotype-matched trials were more likely to achieve response than patients in genotype-unmatched trials.

Albeit a non-randomized comparison, this finding comprises an important metric and distinguishes our molecular profiling program from other prospective studies that have not tracked longitudinal clinical outcome [ 1 , 16 , 17 ]. This study was performed prior to the era of multiplex mutation testing and many patients received MP-guided therapy with cytotoxic therapy using biomarker data that has not been shown to influence treatment response.

The same investigators from MD Anderson recently reported the results of their prospective genomic profiling study that enrolled patients with advanced refractory solid tumors assessed in their phase I program [ 20 ].

Since ER and HER2 testing are routinely performed in breast cancer patients to guide standard therapies, these patients would not have been included in our matched therapy cohort if the ER and HER2 status were known prior to enrollment in our molecular profiling study.

The only randomized trial that has prospectively assessed the utility of molecular profiling SHIVA reported no difference in objective response or PFS for patients treated with genotype-matched versus standard treatments [ 13 ]. Patients were matched to a limited range of approved targeted agents following a predefined algorithm that did not include best-in-class investigational agents that are being tested in early phase clinical trials.

Despite the negative results of SHIVA, enthusiasm to conduct genomic-based clinical trials such as NCI-MATCH [ 12 ] [NCT], and LUNG-MAP [ 22 ] [NCT] remains strong to further define the value of precision medicine. The findings of our study, in which the majority of patients treated on genotype-matched trials were enrolled in phase I targeted therapy trials, are consistent with a recent meta-analysis of phase I trials that demonstrated a higher overall response rate Measuring the clinical utility of molecular profiling is difficult [ 3 ].

We did not comprehensively capture how testing results influenced clinical decisions outside of therapeutic clinical trial enrolment, such as reclassification of tumor subtype and site of primary based on mutation results. For example, we enrolled a patient with an unknown primary cancer with intra-abdominal metastases that was found to harbor a somatic IDH1 p.

ArgCys variant, leading to the reclassification as a likely intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. We also did not fully evaluate the use of testing results to avoid ineffective standard treatments i.

KRAS exon 4 somatic variants in colorectal cancer to inform decision not to use EGFR monoclonal antibody treatment and treatment with approved targeted agents outside of their approved indications.

Few patients in our study received targeted treatments based upon profiling results outside of clinical trials, due to limited access to targeted drugs outside of publicly funded standard-of-care indications in Ontario.

New technological advances are being studied in molecular profiling programs—including larger gene panels [ 2 , 17 ]; whole exome [ 16 ], whole genome WGS or RNA sequencing RNA-Seq [ 24 , 25 ]; and integrative systems biology analyses of deregulated cellular pathways [ 26 ].

Greater access to clinical trials for genomically characterized patients, such as umbrella and basket trial designs [ 27 ], may also improve the success of genotype-treatment matching.

To assess whether decision support tools integrated at the point of care can improve enrollment of patients on genotype-matched trials, we are piloting a smart phone application to help physicians identify genotype-matched trials for their patients with profiling data.

There are several limitations of our study. Only a single archival sample was profiled for each patient, often obtained many years prior to molecular testing. Fresh biopsy of a current metastatic lesion for molecular profiling at the time of study enrolment may have yielded different results due to clonal evolution or tumor heterogeneity [ 28 ].

Our genomic testing was limited to hotspot point mutation testing or limited targeted sequencing and did not include gene copy number alterations or recurrent translocations that may be important for the selection of genotype-matched therapy.

Our study population also included many patients with heavily pre-treated metastatic disease who were not well enough for further therapy when results of molecular testing were reported. In addition, tumor response is an imperfect surrogate endpoint to assess therapeutic benefit in early phase clinical trials that should interpreted with caution [ 28 ].

We did not observe a difference in time on treatment or overall survival for patients treated on genotype-matched versus genotype-unmatched clinical trials. PFS data were not available in our cohort precluding a comparison of the outcome of genotype-matched therapy with the immediate prior line of treatment, as has been reported by other investigators [ 13 , 14 , 21 ].

We provide preliminary evidence that genotype-matched trial treatment selected on the basis of molecular profiling was associated with increased tumor shrinkage, although only a small proportion of profiled patients benefitted from this approach.

Through this initiative, we have created a valuable repository of data and tumor samples that are amenable to additional research and data sharing initiatives. Greater efforts should be made to expand opportunities for genotype-trial matching and further studies are needed to evaluate the clinical utility of targeted NGS profiling.

Meric-Bernstam F, Brusco L, Shaw K, Horombe C, Kopetz S, Davies MA, et al. Feasibility of large-scale genomic testing to facilitate enrollment onto genomically matched clinical trials. J Clin Oncol.

Article PubMed PubMed Central Google Scholar. Lacombe D, Tejpar S, Salgado R, Cardoso F, Golfinopoulos V, Aust D, et al. 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. This page has information about Pilot studies and feasibility studies Prevention trials Screening trials Treatment trials Multi-arm multi-stage MAMS trials Cohort studies Case control studies Cross sectional studies Pilot studies and feasibility studies Pilot studies and feasibility studies are small versions of studies which are sometimes done before a large trial takes place.

Prevention trials Prevention trials look at whether a particular treatment can help prevent cancer. Screening trials Screening tests people for the early signs of cancer before they have any symptoms. Treatment trials Researchers run treatment trials in stages. Or if a new treatment works better than a dummy drug placebo For trials that compare two or more treatments, you are put into a treatment group at random.

Multi-arm multi-stage MAMS trials A multi arm trial is a trial that has: several treatment groups as well as the standard treatment group the control group Multi-arm multi-stage MAMS trials have the same control group all the way through.

Cohort studies A cohort is a group of people, so cohort studies look at groups of people. Case control studies Case control studies work the opposite way to cohort studies. Cross sectional studies Cross sectional studies are carried out at one point in time, or over a short period of time.

References Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Healthcare Research 1st edition R Sumantra, S Fitzpatrick, R Golubic and others Oxford University Press, Related information You may find it helpful to read our information about: What trials are Phases of clinical trials Finding a clinical trial.

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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. In any case, investigators should always report the randomization procedure and the parameters they used according to the CONSORT statement [ 25 ], along with their reasons for choosing the randomization procedure.

The considerations presented in this article are subject to various limitations. To begin with, we restricted the consideration to an equal allocation, non-adaptive, unstratified permuted block design. However, the derivation can directly be applied to unequal allocation ratios and other restricted randomization procedures.

As stratification induces balance across strata, we expect that the results will be comparable to those observed in this investigation when stratified randomization is used. The effects of selection bias in covariate- or response-adaptive randomization have not yet been studied in the literature.

As their implementation comes with additional complexities, we did not include these randomization procedures here, but concentrated on one of the simplest, most frequently used randomization procedure. Clearly, the settings we chose for the comparative study are quite limited.

In particular, we considered only two possible biasing policies. Other biasing policies might lead to other conclusions. The extent of the impact on the type I error probability depends on the number of groups and the sample size.

We particularly focused on small sample sizes, motivated by the IDeAl FP7 project that investigated new statistical design and analysis methodologies in small population clinical trials.

Even so, the examples we presented offer a general impression, and serve as a motivation for the scientist to conduct his own evaluation using the R package randomizeR [ 20 ] and the tools provided in the supplementary material.

Lastly, we acknowledge that the assumption of normally distributed outcomes is very restrictive in practice. Other, for example binary, outcomes could be incorporated through the use of generalized linear models that would also admit the adjustment for covariates.

However, to our knowledge, this is the first investigation of multi-arm clinical trials with respect to selection bias. Subject to future research should also be the relation of the type I error inflation to other measures for selection bias, such as the predictability of the randomization sequence [ 6 ].

Furthermore, the effect of other biases, such as chronological bias caused by time-trends cf. The functions contained in this file implement the biasing policies, the non-centrality parameters of the doubly noncentral F -distribution, and the rejection probability. This code conducts the simulation study that is the basis for Figs 1 — 5 and Table 3.

This comma seperated values file includes the simulation settings that were the basis for Figs 1 — 5 and Table 3. Hammond was on the job at the time of the collision. If you believe that Mr. Hammond was negligent, Acme will be legally and financially responsible for any injury Mr.

Lopez has suffered which was caused by Mr. He also had a fractured toe. His right arm was also fractured in multiple places and he had surgery to insert a plate extending from his index finger to his arm bone.

Lopez also suffered a compression fracture to his spine, which did not require surgery. Marcus Lopez was 30 years old at the time of the collision. He also pursued art as a serious hobby. We contend that because of the injuries to his wrist, and the chronic pain he suffers, Mr.

Lopez will no longer be able to work as a drafter and illustrator, and that because of his pain, he will likely not be employable at all.

In addition to the medical costs and wage loss that Marcus Lopez has suffered, this jury will be asked to award money damages to compensate Mr. Lopez for the physical pain, mental suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress that he has experienced since the collision, and that he will continue to experience for the rest of his life, an anticipated 50 years.

We believe that this loss is much greater than the financial losses that Mr. Lopez has experienced, and will be asking the jury to make an award in the tens of millions of dollars for Mr.

The defense contends that Mr. Lopez was partially responsible for his own injuries because he was not fully aware of his surroundings and should have anticipated Mr. They further contend that he has had a remarkable recovery, that he continues to draw and create art and is not only employable, but wants to return to work.

They will argue that he has suffered no brain injury or permanent mobility issues, and that he is able to participate in almost all of the daily activities he enjoyed before the collision. While doing the job of explaining what the case is about, this mini opening also introduces the areas of potential juror bias that you will want to address in voir dire.

Namely, motorcycles, employer liability, comparative fault, the assertion that your client will not return to work, and millions of dollars in noneconomic damages. pro-plaintiff inclination. Tell the jurors in your mini opening the amount of money you will be seeking for future medical care, future wage loss, and a range e.

First, no one knows what that means. In your mini opening and in your voir dire questioning focus on the lesser known elements of CACI A like loss of enjoyment of life, anxiety, humiliation, mental suffering and emotional distress.

Even some tort reform jurors will concede that pain should be compensable, but they will usually take issue with money for emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. In part this is because of the misconception that paying for pain medication or therapy sessions is what is being sought.

Make it very clear during both your mini opening and in your questioning what the jurors will be asked to compensate — it is the experience of having undergone the injury and having to live with the effects.

Some will allow the actual amount being sought, others will permit a range, and some will preclude any mention of amounts at all.

The latter prohibition is worth fighting over. In every single jury selection that I have participated in there have been potential jurors who admitted that they would not be able to make a multi-million-dollar award in the case, no matter what the evidence showed.

They just will not do it. Absent some type of barometer indicating the size of damages being sought, jurors cannot honestly answer questions about whether they are open-minded regarding damages. The defense will almost always get to ask the jurors if they would be comfortable sending the plaintiff home with no money or, in essence, awarding zero dollars.

You can argue to the judge that in turn, you should see who would not be comfortable making a multi-million-dollar award for loss of enjoyment of life and emotional distress. Another tact is to cite section The nature and amount of damages being sought is a potential area of bias specific to the case.

Jurors do form opinions based on the mini openings. This is rather questionable, where the sample size is small and high unbalanced strata are to be expected. On the other hand, the argument for stratification is to reduce variance.

This does not hold in general for rare diseases. Adaptive interim analyses 29 are another tool to improve the performance of clinical trials. However, the operating characteristics of potential adaptations should be carefully evaluated by clinical trial simulations beforehand. Especially adaptive seamless designs have a potential in small populations as they allow to tackle different objectives within a single trials using all limited data at hand.

RDH declares to have no relevant affiliation with any organisation or entity with a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. FK declares to have no relevant affiliation with any organisation or entity with a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript.

GM declares to have no relevant affiliation with any organisation or entity with a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. SS Acts as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry and holds shares in Novartis.

He is not aware however that any matters discussed here will have any material effect on any organisation or entity with whom he is associated. Carl Fredrik Burmann PhD, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.

Malgorzata Bogdan PhD, Warschau University, Warschau, Polen. Holger Dette PhD, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. Dieter Hilgers PhD, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Mats Karlsson PhD, UPPSALA University, Uppsala, Sweden. Franz König PhD, Medical University Vienna, Austria.

Christoph Male PhD, Medical University Vienna, Austria. France Mentré PhD, INSERM Paris, France. Geert Molenberghs PhD, I? BioStat, KU Leuven, Leuven Belgium. Stephen Senn PhD, LIH Luxembourg, Luxembourg. This research receives funding by grant from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the IDEAL Grant Agreement no Clinical trials Rare disease populations IDeAl consortium.

Home Articles Article Details. BioStat, Universiteit Hasselt, B? Introduction Common to the definition of rare diseases is the relative frequency of the number of affected patients in the parent population. The landscape for small clinical trials In what follows we will describe the most important practical aspects that affect the development of new methodologies for clinical trials in small population groups.

Practical aspects for clinical trials in rare diseases There is a growing pressure for orphan drug approvals to treat rare diseases from patients, health care bodies, governments etc. Design aspects for clinical trials in rare diseases There is a considerable amount of information in rare diseases from observational studies.

Analysis aspects for clinical trials in rare diseases Various recommendations concern the analysis of small clinical trials. Various aspects for clinical trials in rare diseases There is considerable scope for improving drug development in rare diseases by using the promise of integrative mathematical analysis applied to pharmacokinetic?

Expert Opinion We have referred to various actual aspects of statistical methodologies for design and analysis of small clinical trials, which are present in the evaluation of new therapies in rare diseases. To give some more specific recommendations: Randomization is one of the key features of clinical trials in drug development to minimize bias in clinical trials and consequently identify differences in the outcome variable by treatments alone.

Declaration of Interest RDH declares to have no relevant affiliation with any organisation or entity with a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript.

IDeAl Consortium: Carl Fredrik Burmann PhD, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden Malgorzata Bogdan PhD, Warschau University, Warschau, Polen Holger Dette PhD, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany Ralf? Dieter Hilgers PhD, RWTH Aachen University, Germany Mats Karlsson PhD, UPPSALA University, Uppsala, Sweden Franz König PhD, Medical University Vienna, Austria Christoph Male PhD, Medical University Vienna, Austria France Mentré PhD, INSERM Paris, France Geert Molenberghs PhD, I?

BioStat, KU Leuven, Leuven Belgium Stephen Senn PhD, LIH Luxembourg, Luxembourg Acknowledgement This research receives funding by grant from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the IDEAL Grant Agreement no References Stephens MJ, Blazynski P, Blazynski C.

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