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The placebo problem in pain: does baseline pain variability predict placebo response?

Recent reports have demonstrated a positive correlation between baseline pain variability and improvement in clinical trial patients receiving placebo, suggesting that patients with more highly variable reporting…

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The Importance of Patient Psychology in Health and Clinical Research

When we think about patient characteristics that influence health, disease, and clinical research, we tend to think about things like vital statistics, medical history and genetic makeup…

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Clinical Trial Statistical Analysis: How to Minimize Noise

The main objective of most clinical trials is to evaluate efficacy and safety of an experimental treatment. To do this, statisticians compare the response of the drug-treated…

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The placebo response in drug development. Part 4: Irritable Bowel Disease

As in many other diseases (e.g. pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, etc ), patients participating in clinical trials for IBD treatments may experience a pronounced placebo…

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Predict placebo response using patient psychology to increase trial power

Advanced methods like AI and machine learning are uniquely poised to help scientists uncover the full spectrum of patient placebo responsiveness in a clinical trial. Learn more about this approach by attending our webinar, which explains how a solution like Placebell©™ leverages a time-tested predictive…

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How to Increase Clinical Study Power with Covariate Adjustment

Adjustment for covariates helps clinical trial statisticians demonstrate differences in drug effect between groups of people. In this blog, we discuss what this means and how it…

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Minimizing Evaluation Error in Osteoarthritis Pain

Osteoarthritis trials have relatively a rate of failure due to many factors, including disease heterogeneity, a disconnect between pain improvement and structural improvement, a strong placebo response,…

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