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The Stages of Trials

Curtis L. Meinert

in An Insider’s Guide to Clinical Trials

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199742967
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897278 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742967.003.0004
The Stages of Trials

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This chapter discusses the stages of a clinical trial. The stage of a trial is different from phase of a trial. The stage is a period within the course of a trial. The phase is a facet of activities in a sequence of activities related to developing and testing a treatment for possible use in human beings. The sojourn times by stage vary depending on the trial. They can be days, weeks, months, or years; months or years in the case of long-term trials. Stages can be seen as two-dimensional arrays with the following activities, overlaid on stages, since they run across stages: training and certification, data collection and processing, monitoring, data analysis, and paper writing.

Keywords: clinical trial; stages; phase; training; certification; data collection; paper writing

Chapter.  1489 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Statistics and Methodology

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