Quality literature on the design and logistics of conducting a randomized controlled trial

There is a large amount of texts about this topic and it is hard to know where to begin. Are there any that are of particular quality or highly recommended?

Recommended reference texts:

ClinicalTrials: Design, Conduct and Analysis, Second Edition. Curtis L. Meinert

Statistical Issues in Drug Development, Second Edition. Stephen Senn

Example of sub-topics of interest are:

  • Calculating sample size for a minimum effect size of interest
  • Analysis strategies to maximise study power
  • Common pitfalls regarding pre-specification; particularly the choice of primary, secondary endpoints, covariates and statistical modeling, and how pre-specification is reported and made available prior to study initiation
  • Modern implementations of randomisation procedure and common pitfalls
  • Testing the of the quality of blinding and how this is reported
  • Allocation concealment, how the robustness of concealment should be monitored, and how it should be reported
  • Logistics of conducting a hospital based clinical RCT; best-practices regarding patient flow through evaluation for inclusion and exclusion criteria, randomisation and monitoring
  • Reporting and publishing the results of the RCT

Any and all suggestions are appreciated and I would be more than happy to monitor the responses, and edit this post to add the suggestions under the relevant subtopics, with links.


see meinert “Clinical Trials: Design, Conduct, and Analysis”, although it’s been a long time since i looked at it https://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195035681.001.0001/acprof-9780195035681
he also has an “insider’s guide to clinical trials”, although i’m not sure i’m familiar with that one
this is him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_L._Meinert

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How to deal with what happens between randomization and evaluation of the endpoint. In the language of the ICH E9 addendum think about potential “intercurrent events” and which strategy to use to handle them.

Link to the addendum: https://database.ich.org/sites/default/files/E9-R1_Step4_Guideline_2019_1203.pdf