Analysis of Sequential Clinical Trials

  • W. Jackson Hall
Part of the Applied Bioinformatics and Biostatistics in Cancer Research book series (ABB)


We discuss issues and methods for the analysis of clinical trials that have formal rules for what is commonly referred to as early stopping. However, we take a broader view, and include trials having a formal sequential stopping rule; the distinction will soon become apparent. Moreover, it is impossible to separate the analysis of such trials from their design, and so we must, of necessity, provide an overview of the design—that is, specification of the stopping rule—of a sequential clinical trial as well.


Sequential Trial Confidence Bound Vertical Boundary Confidence Coefficient Null Probability 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



The services of Xiao Zhang with SAS programming, the Appendix, and the figures are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biostatistics and Computational BiologyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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