Latest Randomization Stories

2010-07-12 12:55:32

Better design, reporting urged to ensure accurate results A Johns Hopkins review of nearly 150 randomized controlled trials on children "” all published in well-regarded medical journals "” reveals that 40 to 60 percent of the studies either failed to take steps to minimize risk for bias or to at least properly describe those measures. A report of the team's findings in the August issue of Pediatrics shows that experimental trials sponsored by pharmaceutical or medical-device...

2010-03-24 15:30:00

CLEVELAND, March 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DATATRAK International, Inc. (OTCQX: DATA), a technology and services company focused on global eClinical solutions for the clinical trials industry, today announced the award of a four-year, autologous knee cartilage study by a U.S.-based tissue regeneration company. The study utilizes the DATATRAK eClinical(TM) platform including patient randomization - in real time - in the operating room. "The award of this study shows growing acceptance of...

2010-01-15 14:48:56

A randomized biomarker-stratified design, which uses the biomarker to guide analysis but not treatment assignment, provides a rigorous assessment of the utility of a potential biomarker for guiding therapy, according to a commentary published online January 14 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. In the commentary, Boris Freidlin, Ph.D., of the Biometric Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., and colleagues discuss both advantages and disadvantages of...

2009-07-08 07:19:04

Published clinical trials impact health care providers, consumers and policy-makers. New research shows many Chinese trials published as credible may not be fully accurate. Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) are one of the most powerful research tools for assessing new medical treatments. The Chinese Cochrane Centre at Sichuan University, and the China and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute investigated the clinical trials published between 1994 and 2005 in China. Trained investigators...

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