Clinical Trials Handbook: Design and Conduct

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Wiley, Oct 1, 2012 - Reference - 600 pages
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A systematic approach to all aspects of designing and conducting clinical trials

The success or failure of clinical trials hinges on hundreds of details that need to be developed, often under less than ideal conditions. Written by one of the world's leading trialists, Clinical Trials Handbook: Design and Conduct provides clinicians with a complete guide to designing, conducting, and evaluating clinical trials—teaching them how to simplify the process and avoid costly mistakes.

The author draws on his extensive clinical trials experience to outline all steps employed in setting up and running clinical trials, from budgeting and fundraising to publishing the results. Along the way, practical advice is offered while also addressing a mix of logistical, ethical, psychological, behavioral, and administrative issues inherent to clinical trials. Topics of coverage include:

  • Protocols for drug masking, controls, and treatment randomization
  • Consent, enrollment, eligibility, and follow-up procedures
  • Different types of sample size design and data collection and processing
  • Working with study centers, research staff, and various committees
  • Monitoring treatment effects and performance, and ensuring quality control
  • Data analysis and access policies for study data and documents

Clinical Trials Handbook is invaluable for practicing clinicians and trialists who would like to learn more about or improve their understanding of the design and execution of clinical trials. The book is also an excellent supplement for courses on clinical trials at the graduate level.

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About the author (2012)

CURTIS L. MEINERT, PhD, is Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he served as founder of the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Trials. He is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Heart Association, and the Society for Clinical Trials. Dr. Meinert has focused his research on the methodological issues in clinical trials, including their design, conduct, policy, and practice. He is the author of Clinical Trials Dictionary: Terminology and Usage Recommendations, Second Edition (Wiley).

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