Stop estimating post hoc power! [Power / Sample Size]

posted by Helmut Homepage – Vienna, Austria, 2018-05-31 16:45 (2204 d 19:04 ago) – Posting: # 18833
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Hi Valiveti,

❝ We have conducted a pivotal study for Europe with 48 subjects considering ~80% power, ISCV: 23%.

So you were assuming a GMR of 90%, right?

❝ The study was bioequivalent and 90% CI is within 80-125 for both Cmax & AUCt.


❝ Power of Cmax and AUCt are 92% & 66% respectively.

In this order? Can you give us their CVs and GMRs?

❝ Kindly guide us how to justify the power less than 80% to HA.

There is absolutely nothing to justify! Post hoc power is irrelevant. I strongly recommend to revise your SOPs covering the statistical / clinical report (i.e., don’t give this stupid value at all).
If a European assessor demands it (extremely unlikely!), ask where post hoc power is required in any of the current guidelines and suggest in a polite way to browse through my lectures (e.g., this pretty old one) or to attend training in basic biostatistics.

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