DESIGN, CONDUCT AND ANALYSIS OF CLINICAL TRIALS
2018/2019, Semester 2
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health)
Modular Credits: 4
This module will be conducted from 14 to 18 Jan 2019, 9am to 6pm. The final assessment is on 19 Jan 2019, 9am - 11am.
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Brief Module Description
In this module, issues in clinical trials, including blinding randomisation, sample size, power, ethical, regulatory, and quality-of-life issues will be addressed. Interim and sequential analyses, analysis of multiple treatments and endpoints, stratification and subgroup analyses, as well as meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials will also be discussed. Although particular emphasis is given to the evaluation of treatment in Phase III clinical trials, early phase trials studies will also be covered.
Upon completion of the module, the student will be able to:
Describe basic principles in the design, conduct and evaluation of clinical trials
Appreciate ethical and statistical issues involved in the conduct of clinical trials
Critically appraise and discuss published findings from clinical trials
SPH5002 Public Health Research Methods; OR
CO5102 Principles of Epidemiology and CO5103 Quantitative Epidemiologic Methods
Preclusion(s): CO5220 Design, Conduct and Analysis of Clinical Trials
Lectures, workshops, discussions, project work
An overview of clinical trials, protocol development
Drug development and regulatory, good clinical practice
Early phase clinical trials
Phase III study design: Blinding and randomisation
Sample size and power estimation
Special considerations in trials of surgical therapy
Issues involving multiple treatment groups and endpoints
Stratification and subgroup analyses
Interim and sequential analysis
Quality of life evaluation in clinical trials
Meta-analysis of RCTs
Reporting and critical evaluation of clinical trials
Quiz (18 Jan 2019)
Final Assessment (19 Jan 2019)
*Written assignment is due on
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Failure to meet attendance requirements will affect module grading.