Determining the appropriate number of events needed for survival analysis is a complex task as study planners try to predict what sample size will be needed after accounting for the complications of unequal follow-up, drop-out and treatment crossover.
The statistical, logistical and ethical considerations all complicate life for biostatisticians as issues to balance in planning a survival analysis. However, this complexity has created a need for new analyses and procedures to help the planning process for survival analysis trials.
The wider move from fixed to flexible designs has opened up opportunities for advanced methods such as adaptive design and Bayesian analysis to help deal with the unique complications of planning for survival data but these methods have their own complications that need to be explored too.
Duration: 60 minutes
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