Title

Multiple Testing to Establish Superiority/Equivalence of a New Treatment Compared with K Standard Treatments for Unbalanced Designs

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2004

Abstract

In clinical studies, multiple superiority/equivalence testing procedures can be applied to classify a new treatment as superior, equivalent (same therapeutic effect), or inferior to each set of standard treatments. Previous stepwise approaches ( , Statistics in Medicine 16, 2489–2506; , Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference 97, 359–366) are only appropriate for balanced designs. Unfortunately, the construction of similar tests for unbalanced designs is far more complex, with two major difficulties: (i) the ordering of test statistics for superiority may not be the same as the ordering of test statistics for equivalence; and (ii) the correlation structure of the test statistics is not equi-correlated but product-correlated. In this article, we seek to develop a two-stage testing procedure for unbalanced designs, which are very popular in clinical experiments. This procedure is a combination of step-up and single-step testing procedures, while the familywise error rate is proved to be controlled at a designated level. Furthermore, a simulation study is conducted to compare the average powers of the proposed procedure to those of the single-step procedure. In addition, a clinical example is provided to illustrate the application of the new procedure.

Keywords

Coherence property; Equivalent efficacy; Familywise error rate; Multivariate t-distribution.

Discipline

Econometrics | Medicine and Health Sciences

Research Areas

Econometrics

Publication

Biometrics

Volume

60

Issue

2

First Page

491

Last Page

498

ISSN

0006-341X

Identifier

10.1111/j.0006-341X.2004.00194.x

Publisher

Wiley

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0006-341X.2004.00194.x

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