What is the difference between an adaptive phase study and a clinical trial

May 26, 2020 4:46 pm


Studies for medical and clinical purposes have been carried for centuries. The first studies were very basic and these have now expanded to include the more detailed Adaptive Phase 1 Studies like those available from https://www.richmondpharmacology.com/specialist-services/adaptive-phase-i-studies. But what are the differences between these newer studies and your more traditional clinical studies?

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Adaptive Phase Studies

These are much more flexible than your traditional studies when looking at the planning stage. The parameters such as the individuals chosen for the study, the dosage given and the eligibility criteria for the study can be adapted over time if necessary. These changes need to be planned into the process and carried out with great care in order not to cause any bias in the study. They are often quicker and more cost effective than clinical studies.

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Clinical Studies

These have predefined parameters which means that a number of assumptions are made and estimates are used for the parameters of the study which can include anything from the location of the individuals taking part in the studies through to the population. Randomised samples are often used in these studies and a larger number of participants are needed over a longer time span in order to gain accurate and reportable results.