[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date index][Thread index]

Re: st: clinical trials

From   Phil Schumm <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: clinical trials
Date   Thu, 3 Jan 2008 11:40:38 -0600

On Jan 3, 2008, at 8:32 AM, David Airey wrote:
Does anyone on the list use Stata for clinical trials analysis? I get the impression companies that specialize in this field use SAS almost exclusively. From what I know of Stata's feature set, I don't think this is because Stata cannot be use to perform analysis of clinical trials data. SAS certainly pushes this area of use with SAS, and they have several SAS published how-to texts.

On Jan 3, 2008, at 9:50 AM, Gabi Huiber wrote:
Stata's best chance at getting into clinical trials is to win over one-drug startups and small contractors, I think. But for that Stata people must be visible at such industry venues as the ISPOR ( meetings.

Another area where there can be movement is in the collaborations between industry (drug companies and CROs) and academia, which are, I believe, becoming more common as both try to make maximum use of their resources. For example, at U of C, our medical center has been converted largely to Stata, thanks to the help of our faculty teaching courses with it and our biostatistics laboratory using it and/or recommending it for a good share of its collaborative work. As a result, when someone here collaborates with a company, we address this in the workflow we agree upon, and both sides learn from each other.

<rant>IMHO, vendor lock-in reduces uncertainty for the pointy heads, but is bad regardless of which vendor you're talking about. Stata has made inroads not because of aggressive marketing or vendor lock- in, but because once someone really learns what can be done with it (and how dependable and insanely well-supported it is), the choice usually becomes a no-brainer. And, don't forget, those who are in the best position to appreciate it are the ones who are most familiar with the limitations of other packages.</rant>

-- Phil

* For searches and help try:

© Copyright 1996–2024 StataCorp LLC   |   Terms of use   |   Privacy   |   Contact us   |   What's new   |   Site index