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Activity Number: 239 - Study Design and Analysis for Complex Survival Data
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 2019 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Biometrics Section
Abstract #304263 Presentation
Title: Sample Size Calculation for Cluster Randomization Trials with a Time-To-Event Endpoint
Author(s): Jianghao Li* and Sin-Ho Jung
Companies: Duke University Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and Duke University Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Keywords: sample size; cluster randomization; inflation factor; time-to-event endpoint; weighted rank test; intracluster correlation coefficient

Cluster randomization trials randomize groups (called clusters) of subjects (called subunits) between intervention arms, and observations are collected from each subject. In this case, the observations among subunits of each cluster tend to be correlated. Oftentimes, the outcome of a cluster randomization trial is a time-to-event endpoint with censoring. A few sample size formulas have been proposed for time-to-event endpoint under cluster randomization. However, these formulas generally do not account for the variance of cluster sizes. We propose a new closed form sample size formula for rank tests to compare the marginal survival distributions under cluster randomization with possibly variable cluster sizes. Extensive simulation studies validates the performance of our sample size formula under various design settings.

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