Does asymmetry in patient recruitment in large critical care trials follow the Pareto principle?
Mahesh Ramanan, Laurent Billot, Dorrilyn Rajbhandari, John Myburgh, Simon Finfer, Rinaldo Bellomo, Balasubramanian Venkatesh
Trials | BMC | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: Randomised controlled trials (RCT) may be hindered by slow recruitment rates, particularly in critically ill patients. While statistical models to predict recruitment rates have been described, no systematic assessment has been conducted of the distribution of recruitment across sites, temporal trends in site participation and impact of competing trials on patient recruitment. METHODS: We used recruitment and screening logs from the SAFE, NICE-SUGAR, RENAL, CHEST and ADRENAL trials, five of the largest critical care RCTs. We quantified the extent of recruitment asymmetry between sites using Lorenz curves and Gini coefficients and assessed whether the recruitment distribution acro..View full abstract