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An Insider’s Guide to Clinical Trials$
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Curtis L Meinert

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199742967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742967.001.0001

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The Stages of Trials

The Stages of Trials

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(p.31) 4 The Stages of Trials
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An Insider’s Guide to Clinical Trials
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Curtis L. Meinert

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742967.003.0004

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

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