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Such concerns included inaccessible buy discount capoten 25mg on-line, confusing or duplicated services discount 25mg capoten fast delivery, public safety cheap 25 mg capoten mastercard, and the (overlapping) boundaries between health and social services. The centres of major cities, with their high levels of socioeconomic deprivation, represent severe challenges to any model. The major preoccupations of most psychiatrists, often shared by their general medical colleagues, are bed 3255 occupancy and shortages. Asylums of the early twentieth century often had separate buildings for both sexes, and the present author witnessed separate hospitals for both sexes in Western Europe during the 1980s. There often exists an uneasy relationship between psychiatry and justice departments, each redefining the other’s territory. Similar tension exists over definitions of who is the responsibility of which sector. Most of this unhappy state of affairs is born of resource considerations rather than from any inherent ill will or any verifiable scientific bank of facts. Illicit drug users present particular problems for security in treatment facilities, as they do in prisons. While it may reduce clinic referrals there is no evidence that it reduces in-patient numbers. Withdrawal of such care may lead to loss of gains in the patient and decreased morale in the care team. Catty ea, (2002) in their systematic review, point out that the evidence for home-based treatment of patients is inconclusive because of inadequate descriptions of experimental and control services, the brevity of some studies, and the fact that the nature of others did not allow one to generalise. Burnout is more common in community-based psychiatrists, particularly within cities, than among those working solely working within hospitals. People are inspired by the personal narratives of others who survive significant difficulties. Recovery is never-ending, it is a journey that emphasises the recovery of meaning and value rather than elimination of problems per se. Whilst some suggest that a firm evidence base is required in order to successfully use the model (Schrank & Slade, 2007; Holloway, 2008), there is every justification for tempered optimism applied in an individualised manner. Patients sometimes feel that they are humoured rather than involved in decisions about their care. Listed ‘priorities’ for change was headed by ‘less medication’ but this may have been a self-fulfilling prophesy since it appeared first in a list of possibilities and could be ticked or not (i. Interestingly the ‘large majority’ of members do not have access to the internet, a point that service organisers/providers should keep in mind. Early attempts at rehabilitation, as in the York Retreat in England, were nullified by the overcrowding of asylums that followed and the negative institutional values that ensued. The English charity The Mental After Care Association (Working for Wellbeing since 2005) was founded by the chaplain of Colney Hatch Asylum in 1879 to develop ways of supporting discharged patients. The move to deinstitutionalise the residents of stand-alone psychiatric hospitals has magnified the need to prepare patients, many of whom have no skills or have lost skills, to survive in the wider world with its multiplicity of challenges. In the past there was relatively little attention given to supporting and facilitating daily functioning and social interaction. Treatments often had little impact on daily living, socialization and work opportunities. They were often abandoned by their families and were relatively unlikely to be married or cohabitating. There were strong barriers to social exclusion in the shape of stigma and prejudice. Psychiatric rehabilitation work emerged with the aim of helping the community integration and independence of individuals with mental health problems. Quality of life is often poor for people with severe and enduring psychiatric disorders. Psychiatric rehabilitation (Pratt ea, 2002) is the process of restoration of community functioning and wellbeing of an individual who has a mental disability. Rehabilitation work is undertaken by multi-disciplinary teams and should be evidence-based. Psychiatric rehabilitation may combine medication, independent living and social skills training (such skills training has not been particularly effective, partly due to poor generalisation: Bebbington ea, 2002), psychological support to patients and their families, housing, vocational rehabilitation, social support and network enhancement, and access to leisure activities. The team should focus on helping patients acquire skills and access necessary resources. The process is person-directed and the plan individualized to the client’s unique circumstances. Other issues include sexual health, interpersonal boundary management, budgeting, and advocacy. Many clients have disorders that have been unresponsive or poorly responsive to treatment in the past and such interventions must be thoroughly reviewed with the aim of optimising medication (e. Patients may experience problems with understanding or dealing with interpersonal situations (e. Avolition, anergia, and unusual behaviour (responding to hallucinations, mannerisms, and stereotypies) add to the list of energy and motivation. The ‘recovery model’ (O’Shea, 2009) has assumed central importance in contemporary psychiatric practice. Core components of the model include instilling hope, empowering clients, user-defined goals, a search for meaning, and a clear focus on quality of life. Permeating practice is a willingness to listen to the patient’s life story and a reduced emphasis on the psychiatric anamnesis. Longstay patients may have become disillusioned by the low expectations of others, repeated failure, loss of friends and roles, loss of independence and prospects, lack of useful and fulfilling activities, and the passivity of intramural life. Wing’s (1993) social consequences of mental illness Impairment – direct effect of being ill, e. People with mental health difficulties, who should have the same rights and entitlements as are enjoyed by the general population, are more likely to be unemployed, to lose their jobs, and to be in debt than are people with other disabilities. Following a thorough assessment of needs, rehabilitation aims to alter a wide range of personal attributes in order to improve quality of life within the limitations imposed by illness. The emphasis was on care rather than self-actualisation (independent living, open employment, own home, education, etc). Whilst antipsychotic drugs improved symptoms much less progress was made 3262 in terms of personal, self-care, social, or occupational aspects of their lives. Specialised multidisciplinary teams devoted to rehabilitation are essential to effective evaluation and prosecution of rehabilitative efforts. Stigma/discrimination – how other people view the mentally ill and how they act based on these views Rehabilitation psychiatry focuses on function rather than symptoms and on assets rather than deficiencies. Any positive existing relationships need support and reasonable attempts should be considered to reignite potentially helpful family contacts. The team must acquaint itself with the accommodation history of their client and strive for an understanding of how things might have gone awry. Is the client literate and numerate and does he/she need assistance in handling money? Does the team need to put in place arrangements that ensure bills are paid in a timely fashion.

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Rib compression means increased abdominal states that the craniocervical region of the spine should excursion during breathing and lateral rotate approximately 90° in either direction discount capoten 25 mg online. Sleep- breathing on the non-compressed side buy cheap capoten 25mg on line, which ing prone buy 25mg capoten, therefore, would equate perfectly with 366 Naturopathic Physical Medicine Zygomatic Medial border Aponeurosis of gluteus arch (right) of scapula medius muscle Coracoid process Acromion Styloid process of radius Lateral process of calcaneal tuberosity Medial epicondyle Anterior superior of humerus iliac spine Medial border of the calcaneus Medial epicondyle of femur Figure 9. Note: The legends attaching to the figure do not necessarily identify those structures that are in touch with the floor, as discussed in the text maintaining this full 90° range of motion, assuming Reflex points on the bony prominences of the medial that the individual hasn’t gone through an extended epicondyle of the elbow, the zygomatic arch of the period where pillows and soft, forgiving mattresses cheek, the anterior superior iliac spine and the medial have allowed sleep in a non-rotated position and condyle of the femur, for example, will be stimulated where range of motion has been lost. Eventually the pain stimu- Reflexlocomotion lus will become sufficient that the body will reflex- Vojta (2006) takes this concept one step further by ively move. This, according to Vojta (2006), is what looking at how the nervous system may react to such triggers infantile development of the reptilian crawl. Vojta proposed and developed the The reptilian crawl is one the first examples of left– theory that periosteal reflex points on the bony promi- right brain integration, developing before the mam- nences of the body are stimulated by sustained body- malian crawl (Goldfield 1995, Hartley 1995, Morris weight pressure. That, it could be said, is an richest and largest sensory organ is not the skin, the efficient system. This tonic Interestingly, many people are highly defensive about stimulation may result in changes in muscle tension their sleep postures! A secondary function of the type I Creep mechanoreceptor is to suppress pain, so this may also The mechanical phenomenon in the tissues of the aid in effective sleep and/or rest. And with the tone of creep is both a load-dependent and time-dependent the postural muscles already stimulated by type I activity. The 3-minute figure presented by McGill was afferent drive, the equivalent of a feed-forward joint based on the posterior ligaments of a loaded lumbar stability mechanism will be in place to allow the body spine, but if the load is reduced, the time taken to to move safely during unconscious sleep. In general, mechanoreceptors are activated at period which could correspond more closely with the 25% of the stimulation required to activate the noci- 8- to 9-minute movement interlude described by ceptors (Dvorak & Dvorak 1990). At the in advance of the resting individual perceiving pain point at which the magnitude of afferent stimulus (which would result in an adrenal response – antago- exceeds the threshold level at the cord, an efferent nistic to sleep), first the postural, then the phasic drive will occur and spontaneous movement will be system will be activated to move the joint from its generated to move the body into a new position (Slos- potentially detrimental position of stretch. This is the basis for reflexlocomotion described and utilized by Vojta and his colleagues (2006). Significantly, this magnitude of elongation out until reaching durations of up to 1 hour. A further entire cycle usually lasts around 100 minutes, which important observation is that this hour’s worth of means that up to five cycles may be achieved during time under tension may occur across several intervals. This is congruent with the hypothesis that archetypal Of course, some of these stages may be of shorter rest postures and instinctive sleep postures result in duration and many patients’ alarm clocks will have subtle myofascial stretch, helping to reset length– woken them well before they reach over 9 hours’ tension relationships. This figure of 36 separate sleep cycles – if it were Since type I mechanoreceptors are found in the to correlate with one or two changes of sleep posture superficial portions of the joint capsule they will be at the transition – is in close proximity to Morris’s the first to be stimulated when the joint undergoes (1982) figure of 40–70 positional changes during an gradual stretch – as in the instinctive sleep postures. Oschman (2004) has reported Time Stage Cumulative total on studies which show that simply by earthing a per- of positional son’s bed to the ground their electrification decreases changes by 450-fold and that such earthing may help in re- 10:00–10:15 Wake stage 1 regulating the 24-hour cortisol rhythm. Beach (personal communication, 2003) was the 1-2-3-4-3-2 first to suggest that these postures could be viewed as repeats through ‘attractor states’. Anecdotally, many mystics and • the cross-legged (Indian sit) ‘sensitives’ also find that their sensitivities are • the long legged posture (Fig. Chapter 9 • Rehabilitation and Re-education (Movement) Approaches 369 A B Figure 9. After an exhausting day of all this sitting omits the long-sit (long legged) position. In Western society most adults have lost the the most profound postural stressor on the average ability to comfortably perform most, or all, of these patient attending a naturopathic or rehabilitation- postures, due to the fact the body adapts to its envi- based clinic. Liebenson (2002b) explains that individ- ronment – its Western seated posture environment. In Germany there are some businesses that have Of course, this pattern is perpetuated throughout begun to incorporate multiple work stations (Cranz schooling and most commonly into the workplace. Commonly a short break 370 Naturopathic Physical Medicine of just a few seconds, moving into a different posture, These two foci are in contradistinction to what nature or stretching out, is recommended every 20–30 has provided: a nervous system and an anthropo- minutes. However, it is likely that based on the metrically, appropriately proportioned body. Advice is often skewed in favor Use it or lose it of the employer and is dependent on the mechanics of the national health care system. For example, kneeling outcome of this system is that it encourages malinger- down, it would be extremely rare, other than ers. However, a benefit is that employers and the through a genetic problem or surgery, to find government are, in general, extremely diligent with someone whose lower leg is too short or too their recommendations for micropauses, recommend- long for them to sit on (so their heels don’t ing them as frequently as every 3 minutes. This cor- reach their buttocks) relates well with what we know of connective tissue • archetypal postures, by their nature, involve creep. This poses a practical problem in of time off work (with work stress competing at a terms of encouraging patients to embrace this system. Arche- to adopt archetypal postures that they’ve lost the typal workstations would likely minimize back pain, ability to attain and/or sustain. Joints typically Akin to the dysfunctional use of painkillers, the very used in a smaller range of motion than our primate point of having a nervous system is not to attempt to cousins such as the hip, the knee, the shoulder and the sedate it, but to react to it. The nervous system is in cervical spine are more likely to develop degenerative place to allow the organism to respond more effec- change (Alexander 1994). Modern-day ergonomics communication, 2004) cites a book called Pain, The Gift has tried to provide adaptable height chairs, adjust- That Nobody Wants by Brand & Yancey (1994) whose able lumbar supports, variable angle seats – mainly in thrust is entirely congruent with this line of thought an attempt to: – the pain is there for a reason. Brand is an orthopedic surgeon who worked in India with those suffering • customize the measurements of the seat to the from leprosy, which highlighted to him the impor- measurements of the user, and tance of our ability to sense pain. He also observed • minimize the pain and discomfort of sitting in that Indian people rarely complained of osteoarthritis one position for several hours/day by offering in the hips. Inspired by his observation he compared supports (lumbar supports, foot rests, wrist radiographs of Indian and Western patients and supports, head rests, etc. However, Chapter 9 • Rehabilitation and Re-education (Movement) Approaches 371 what struck him was the uneven wear on the hip neck to help maintain an optimal angle of inclination joints of the Westerners – where degenerative change (and therefore an optimal instantaneous axis of rota- occurred primarily in the sagittal plane of the joint. This is a natural, inbuilt load all around the ball – not just in one line along an means of counteracting gravitational stress that the anteroposterior line (Brand & Yancey 1994). Of course, osteoporosis and reset the sacroiliac joints with the concomitant and femoral neck fracture may be associated with contraction of the transversus abdominis. A shocking statistic is that, from to defecate and its suggested benefit to sacroiliac func- just 50 years of age onwards, according to the National tion (M Tetley, personal communication, 2004) is con- Osteoporosis Foundation (2006), hip fracture results sistent with the work of DonTigny (1997) who in a 24% mortality rate in the first year after the recommends a variety of posterior rotation mobiliza- trauma. However, imagine if the full squat position mechanically compresses the ascend- squat was regularly used as an archetypal rest pos- ing colon (and, of course, the descending colon), ture. Interest- aiding peristalsis in the former and stimulating ingly, it completely reverses the loading through the urgency to evacuate (secondary to stimulation of 126˚ 120˚ 145˚ Angle of inclination Angle of inclination Angle of inclination in a 3-year-old child in adult in old age A B C Figure 9. Reproduced with permission from Platzer et al (2000) 372 Naturopathic Physical Medicine Figure 9. Redrawn from an image kindly provided by Paul Chek colonic stretch receptors) in the latter. Additionally, sympathetic dominance towards parasympathetic the full squat assists decompression of the lumbar dominance by nightfall.

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This nervous system genate the cell (Astrand et al 2003), so flatworms would utilize as its mainframe a longitudinal cord of needed to remain flat in order to diffuse oxygen across nervous tissue. This was the advent of the chordates their gut walls to their inner tissue layer (Erwin et al (Raff 1996). This was mainly due to the fact that they lack the ability to ‘carry’ nutrients as they do not have a How this pertains to human development circulatory system (see Fig. It is only later (around 7 have one orifice through which to engulf food and months postnatal) that more gross, volitional through which to excrete waste. For the flat- • In the same way that it cannot be assumed that an worm to move forward through a sequential radial untrained person’s muscles are as large as they contraction – a peristaltic motion – would require, or would be if he or she had trained, it also cannot be at least imply, that it is concurrently digesting food assumed that an untrained person’s nervous system in an inward direction. This would imply a relatively inefficient training effect (adaptation) in both the muscles movement mechanism – a kind of one-step-forward, (increased size) and the nervous system (improved one-step-backward motion, based on digestive and activation and coordination of muscles) (Sale eliminative cycles. Starfish are categorized as triploblastic acoelomates and, as such, can be viewed as further down the evo- • Indeed, Bompa (1999) explains that neural lutionary road than jelly fish and anemones, and their adaptations to exercise are the primary reason for behavior may be seen in human ontogenetic terms as strength gains in the first 8 weeks of any new the naval radiation pattern in the womb – where the training program, and only after this period does central point of stability (or technically where the hypertrophy predominate as the primary means of fetus is held in a ‘closed chain’ environment1) is via strength gain. At any point beyond 8 weeks in utero, can be explained by the phenomenon of facilitation the four limbs have formed and the head, forming the (see Box 9. This results in forma- Roundworms – radial/direction specific tion of five approximately equal appendages radiat- The emergence of roundworms (see Fig. This pattern in the Neoproterozoic – brought with it changes in the is maintained throughout intrauterine development digestive process. At this stage of development, round- worms now had a unidirectional gut tube, rather than the bidirectional gut tube of the diploblastic and acoe- 1When the body is biomechanically in a closed chain it means lomate triploblastic body plans of earlier designs. Therefore, in These were the first organisms capable of leaving this example, the arms, legs and head are in an open chain traces of their existence through meandering trails, environment as they can overcome resistance of the amniotic fluid, but the fixed point of the fetus – the point that cannot burrows and fecal pellets that could only have been move – is its attachment to the uterine wall via the placenta left by creatures with a complete gut tube (Erwin and umbilical cord. Additionally, such movement patterns 324 Naturopathic Physical Medicine would require a ‘soft skeleton’ of fluid-filled spaces motor control at the spine at the expense of breathing. Many invertebrates use such hydrostatic even under the same perturbation loading – the dia- systems to move, and many vertebrates use hydro- phragm would resume its respiratory function. However, until such time, nificantly to their compressive resistance (Bogduk lumbopelvic stability can be maintained through 1997). Active absorption of foodstuffs Fish (1st dimensional mastery) – lateral into a blood system (hemocele) meant that digestive efficacy was further enhanced and therefore metabolic flexion/direction specific efficiency optimized. This would allow for optimal As the complexity of organisms increased, and the delivery of nutriment to the working parts – whether nervous control of this complexity became more fun- this was the nervous system, the musculature or the damental to the organism’s survival, bony encase- digestive system itself. Such efficacy would allow the ment of the neural components became commonplace worm to evolve greater muscle mass as oxygen deliv- (Kardong 2002). The skull had already formed to ery to the tissues could now operate via the active protect the brain, but the longitudinal cord of nervous vehicle of blood, rather than passive diffusion. Longitudinally the effects of bony spinal development were that there arranged musculature would also allow for some was now a new movement option. Rather than degree of flexion-extension (as seen in the caterpillar); sequential peristaltic contraction, there was now the however, without a bony spine the flexion-extension option to contract the musculature down the entire would be little more than a transient ‘ripple’ down the length of the body on one side, then, using the stretch body segments. This would provide an How this pertains to human development efficient cyclical means of moving forward through and movement rehabilitation water and made use of the viscoelastic properties of In terms of motor control, this movement is exploit- mesodermal (muscle) tissue. In humans, of course, the appen- bony strut would be required to prevent ‘telescoping’ dicular extensions (arms and legs) are also employed of the body under the load of unilateral longitudinal to facilitate movement. This has been demonstrated in work by roundworm bauplans, digestion became less depen- Hodges et al (2001) in which they confirm Lewit’s dent on movement and, in fact, with a decreased utili- (1999) assertion that the diaphragm is a respiratory zation of the peristaltic action of the body wall, would muscle with postural functions, while the transversus require a further functional separation of the digestive is a postural muscle with respiratory function. Therefore, any creature that by Hodges and colleagues (2001) showed that human has mastery of a movement pattern beyond a peristal- subjects, when under perturbation loads, would tic forward creep, must have evolved a celomic cavity recruit both transversus and diaphragm to optimize to allow gross movement without compromising Chapter 9 • Rehabilitation and Re-education (Movement) Approaches 325 digestive efficiency. Indeed this is what the fossil movement skill with them to swamps to clamber over record and morphological studies suggest. On The earliest animals to truly master motion in the land, however, this mastery brought with it some frontal plane (above and beyond the primal dimen- serious limitations. It is at this juncture in evolution (and Gracovetsky (1988) describes how any ground-lying in every vertebrate development after fish) that we objects, such as rocks, stones, fallen trees, would need find development of a celomic cavity. This solution would result initially in axial same layer of embryological tissue (the lateral plate rotation which, when coupled with lateral flexion, mesoderm) as the abdominal wall musculature (see would culminate in motion in the sagittal plane. The structure sequence of events is corroborated by Kent & Carr therefore is interrelated with the function. Gracovetsky (1988) believes that this provided a solution to both the ground-lying How this pertains to human development objects and the fact that, until this juncture, the mass and movement rehabilitation of muscle responsible for moving the organism forward on land was intra-abdominal and therefore • In the infant human, and in many apes, lateral was competing for space with the vital viscera in the flexion is utilized as a primary trunk pattern in abdominal cavity. This seriously limited the potential both gait and other gross movements – such as for significant hypertrophy. One of the characteristics An alternative solution, Gracovetsky (1988) argues, of early gait is a laterally directed arm swing (to was to develop effective flexion-extension of the trunk compensate for frontal plane motion of the trunk), and limb which brought with it a number of benefits as opposed to the drive forward and backward in over lateral flexion: more accomplished sprinters (Haywood & Getchell 2005). In a competitive and found in the gym environment, train the user hostile environment, this would have been primarily in the sagittal plane; hence frontal plane highly desirable. Of course, the story is far more lateral flexion/direction specific/ complex than this, but it does provide a general over- coupled rotation view of our understanding of the evolution of verte- From this point in the evolution of vertebrate design, brate biomechanics – including our own – based on we can turn to the work of Gracovetsky (1988) to the fossil record. This then provides a greater insight provide a concise, insightful description of upcoming to how human biomechanics have evolved and are events. This understanding is fundamental Having mastered motion in the frontal plane in the to helping solve problems when the biomechanics water, the first amphibious pioneers brought this break down. From this, Ahlberg (personal communication, Lateral flexion → Axial rotation → Flexion-extension 2000) agrees it can be inferred that, consistent with How this pertains to human development Gracovetsky’s interpretation, axial rotation may be and movement rehabilitation allowed (as a mechanical necessity) during evolution from lateral flexion to sagittal flexion-extension. Mastery (active) axial rotation When compensation patterns are present, injury may occur either centrally at the spine or Indeed, even in a human infant, it takes many years peripherally in a limb. The end result is an It is interesting to note that the only two true bipeds attempt to increase the power from the arm, alive today are birds and humans, and that both of increasing the tension locally through the arm and them have significant spinal rotation, and both are the grip required on the racket, club or other able to sing and generate rhythm. Across a period of time, cumulative is believed to be intrinsic in the spinal cord circuitry stress to the tendons of the extensor and/or flexor of bipeds – to effectively generate rhythmic gait. Mammals (2nd dimensional mastery) – The astute observer may, at first, consider that a cat’s reflexes, its ability to right itself, might be considered flexion-extension/direction specific/ more advanced than human reflexes, and conse- coupled lateral flexion-axial rotation quently may question the idea that human mastery of What Gracovetsky (1988) only touches on within his the transverse plane is greater than feline mastery. True mastery of the transverse plane – or the invested, a cat could simply not be taught to ride a 3rd dimension – requires significant nervous system bike, let alone jump a bike, somersault a bike, nor development, which is why it has only really been jump out of a helicopter with skateboard in hand to mastered by the primates – although some cats and land in a 30-foot high half pipe performing all kinds birds may also merit the award of transverse plane of mind-bending tricks. As has been pointed out (P Ahlberg, Profes- leopard standing on its hind legs and flicking a sor of Evolutionary Organismal Biology, Uppsala football up with one paw and juggling it on the other University, Sweden, personal communication, 2000), paw is unthinkable – if amusing! The point is that, rotation in the transverse plane does occur in certain no matter how it is viewed, the human nervous lower vertebrates, including dinosaurs, lizards, snakes system can be developed far above and beyond that and birds. However, significant rotation would only of the average cat and it is this development, these appear to be limited to birds in the cervical portion kinds of abilities which the average person might and mammals, particularly cats, in the lumbar region. Chapter 9 • Rehabilitation and Re-education (Movement) Approaches 327 How this pertains to human development this day – are not man-eaters, since they have an and movement rehabilitation abundance of other easier prey to satiate them. Atten- borough (2002, 2003), De Waal & Lanting (1997) and • True mastery of the transverse plane requires Morris (1982) support the Homo aquaticus theory significant computational demands, and this may with observation of wading behavior in chimpanzees, be why learning difficulties (e.

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Patients or groups requires an independent coordinator who allocates of patients are paired, and then treated with alter- each patient, as he/she is recruited, to one or other native therapies. The independent coordinator al- records the result of each comparison with time, locates each patient so as to minimize the difference and crossing a boundary on the chart, after an between the two treatment groups, according to unpredictable number of paired comparisons, prospectively defined patient characteristics, e. For a trial of a new therapy age, sex, genotype, disease state or stage, or con- that can both benefit and harm the patient, a typical comitant therapy. The design of control charts is always to a treatment group by the chance of a random- prospective, and their shape depends upon the a ization schedule. Second, the independent co- under test, control charts can be rhomboidal, par- ordinator need only allocate patients to anonym- allelogram-shaped, or many other shapes. White- ous groups A or B, and the study pharmacist need head (1999) is the best entry to the literature on this be the only person who knows which treatments specialized topic. If the patient receiving treatment A does better than the one receiving treatment B (A > B), then the line moves upwards; vice versa, if the patient receiving B does better than the one receiving A (B > A), then the line moves downward. This is of use when, for example, it may be desirable to expose Stratification Studies fewer patients to placebo than to active therapy, especially when conducting a trial of compounds In pivotal studies, large numbers of patients are whose properties are fairly well known or may be studied so that their diverse clinical characteristics predicted with some confidence. On the other hand, when designing a mini- then randomized to active or placebo for a total of mization study, the assumption is that the treat- four treatment groups, although only two test ment groups will be devoid of relevant differences treatments. Separate statistical analyses for the in baseline characteristics, and therefore clinical strata can then be planned, and the study size significance might only be assumed to follow from adjusted accordingly. Regulatory authorities it increases, may compensate for the reduction in will often approve indications with caveats based variability amongst study group samples, and thus on such subsets. The risk of stratification studies is where, in any case, large numbers of patients are that conservative regulatory authorities will needed for a tolerability database. If the controlled want to see statistical significance in all patient clinical trial is a gold standard, then it would be subsets before allowing a short, broad indication wrong to assert that the independent treatment al- in labeling. Trials of can then be ethical to recruit patients into a study cardiovascular drugs, on an almost epidemi- with inclusion criteria that include that they are ological scale, have been the most significant already being treated with the drug of interest. Literally Almost any of the designs discussed above may tens of thousands of patients have been recruited then be used, where patients are randomized either under these protocols with case report forms to remain on the treatment of interest or to be having fewer than 10 pages for each patient. These two-stage designs usually include a Kaplan±Meier analysis and other epidemiological small number of open label-treated patients (usu- approaches may also be applied to such data- ally n 14) in the first stage. Stopping a clinical trial because of an emergent Large simple studies can thus create undue confi- safety problem, either by a medical monitor or by dence in product tolerability (`thousands of pa- a safety committee, is always a unique situation. There are several statistical points of view on this subject, and Efficacy Issues regulatory authorities have a habit of believing only the most conservative. Efficacy, like safety, of thumb, pharmaceutical physicians should expect can cause ethical concerns to the pharmaceutical statisticians to provide alternatives that obey a physician when he/she suspects that patients will be simple subtraction rule. In that Interim Efficacy Analyses case, if the study continues after the interim analy- sis fails to achieve p < 0:01, then it will be required These usually make a mess! They require either that to achieve approximately p < 0:04 for the whole the overall size of the trial has to be greater than if patient population in the final statistical analysis no interim analysis was performed, or that a in order to demonstrate the efficacy of the test smaller a must be accepted as indicating statistical drug. Stopping method which takes into account the uncertainties the trial by reason of the unethical basis for treating associated with small and unequal treatment group the patients with anything else is a rare and pleas- sizes. Eventu- that, when considering a new trial, he/she should ally, the several test therapies are reduced to two at least consider whether a Bayesian approach and a definitive demonstration of superiority or might help. It is unlikely imum number of patients have entered the trial, an that enough patients could ever be collected at any interim analysis is done every time another patient reasonably small number of study sites for any completes the trial. In these that although the number of patients required to cases, probably the best that can be accomplished complete a sequential design study are undefined at is to collect and retrospectively analyze as many the beginning, the treatment allocations are none- such cases as possible. Thus, the sequential designs are still, retrospective risk ratios for benefit and harm can essentially, a frequentist methodology, and not be calculated. One example is the thus are, probably unduly, little utilized by gener- effectiveness of dantrolene in malignant hyperther- alist pharmaceutical physicians. Special populations may require small-scale from several to one or two; patients recruited after studies to supplement a traditional two-study, this transition may be regarded as patients in a large-scale registration development scheme. Fur- statistician and, it may be added, a statistician who thermore, even for conventional indications, the is not, him/herself, philosophically opposed to resource implications of pivotal studies are usually Bayesian rather than frequentist thinking. The de- much greater than any earlier phase of develop- cision to employ a Bayesian design for a clinical ment, and efficient resource utilization becomes trial will be viewed as courageous in most com- exponentially more important than before. The panies, and there will be many clinical trials for incorporation of pharmacoeconomic and human- which an orthodox, frequentist approach will be istic outcomes alongside the primary registration selected, for several good reasons. However, these data are also needed for needed to harm (and corresponding reciprocals) derivative documents within the application, one can be used to compare drugs for this purpose. In practice, the clinician who must decide whether to prescribe, clinicians make prescribing decisions based upon: or the clinical trialist who must decide whether to (a) a subset of the published information that commit patients to a particular study design, both might be available about the drug (labeling, drug being prospective decisions. Often, unlike for ap- if it is to recede, is only partly due to the action of proved drugs, there is much less information to the drug, because the extreme variability intro- go on. This is obligatory: if the patients to make their own benefit±risk assess- answers to the clinical trial questions were known, ments, albeit with some guidance (Marsh 1990). In general, the trials cation links between the two research teams must are larger (often having up to several thousand be established early in the clinical program, to patients), the inclusion/exclusion conditions are provide information necessary to the conduct of less restrictive, and the end-points may be less ob- later trials and to advise the marketing department jective (e. Modifying the prod- ness, patient satisfaction, quality of life, or another uct requires the development of a pharmaceutical parameter that may be helpful in increasing market process and evidence of bioequivalence. The aim is to publish the trial (preferably in a be particularly difficult for a product with a unique peer-reviewed journal) and use the data in a pro- dosage form (e. A study syn- must have well-defined end-points that are relevant opsis is usually required by the competing sponsor, for both products and include a range of doses so that the design and hypotheses can be evaluated for each product to ensure an optimal response. The synopsis also alerts the Double-blind and, if necessary, double-dummy competing sponsor to the ultimate aims of the studies are generally favored over open-label trials. In the earlier phases of drug development, open-label trials are rarely appropriate, except for Sometimes, it is not possible to demonstrate super- very early safety and efficacy (e. Open-label studies are often useful in the and safety equivalence, particularly if the later phases of drug development and when con- marketing strategy is based on price. In addition, equivalence trials re- such as the famous Framingham study, but can quire the trialist to choose a clinically relevant treat- also be used in drug studies where the effects of mentdifference todeterminetheappropriatesample treatment on various variables (e. Since subjects are enrolled in a non- randomized manner, some of the ethical issues in- Megatrials herent in randomized trials, in which subjects have no choice as to which treatment group they are Megatrials are commonly used to establish small allocated, can be avoided. The cohort being followed may not be repre- they can be important marketing tools and can sentative of the larger population for whom the justify the use of the new and usually more expen- drug is intended. Megatrials appear to have had their biggest impact when used to compare different allo- Further problems are that open-label studies may cated protocols with respect to a selected outcome.