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Bayesian Subgroup Analysis

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Bayesian Subgroup Analysis

Gene Pennello, Ph.D. Division of Biostatistics, CDRH, FDA

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FIW 2006 September 28, 2006

Frequentist Approaches

Bayesian Hierarchical Model Approach

Bayesian Critical Boundaries

Directional Error Rate

Power

Summary

Strong control of FWE

Weak control of FWE

Gatekeeper: test subgroups (controlling FWE) only if overall effect is significant

Confirmatory Study: confirm with a new study in which only patients in the subgroup are enrolled.

Limited power of FWE procedures

Powerlessness of gatekeeper if overall effect is insignificant

Discourages multiple hypothesis testing, thereby impeding progress.

Confirmation of findings, one at a time, impedes progress.

“No aphorism is more frequently repeated in connection with field trials, than that we must ask Nature few questions, or, ideally, one question at a time. The writer is convinced that this view is wholly mistaken. Nature, he suggests, will best respond to a logical and carefully thought out questionnaire …”

Fisher RA, 1926, The arrangement of field experiments, Journal of the Ministry of Agriculture, 33, 503-513.

Adjust subgroup inference for its consistency with related results.

ChoicesBuild prior on subgroup relationships.

Invoke relatedness by modeling a priori exchangeability of effects.

Subgroups: Labels do not inform on magnitude or direction of main subgroup effects.

Treatments: Labels do not inform for main treatment effects.

Subgroup by Treatment Interactions: Labels do not inform for treatment effects within subgroups.

Exchangeability modeled with random effects models.

Key Result:Result for a subgroup is related to results in other subgroupsbecause effects are iid draws fromrandom effect distribution.

Note: In prior distribution, Pr(zero effect) = 0

That is, only directional (Type III) errors can be made here.

Subgroup Problem:

Posterior

Note: In prior distribution, Pr(zero effect) = 0

That is, only directional (Type III) errors can be made here.

Declare difference > 0 if

Let

Note: In prior distribution, Pr(zero effect) = 0

That is, only directional (Type III) errors can be made here.

if

Linear dependence on standardized marginal treatment effect

↑ with ↓interaction (↑ )↓with ↑ # subgroups b.

Full Interaction Case:

Critical z value

↑ with ↓ true F ratio measuring heterogeneity of interaction effects.

No Interaction Case:

Critical z value

Power can be > than for unadjusted 5% level z test for subgroup if true F ratio measuring heterogeneity of treatment effects is large.

Directional FDR controlled at A under 0-1-A loss function for correct decision, incorrect decision, and no decision (Lewis and Thayer, 2004).

Weak control of FW directional error rate, loosely speaking, because of dependence on F ratio for interaction.

ULSD =5% level unadjusted z test Bonf=Bonferonni 5% level z test HM=EB hierarchical model test

Losartan versus atenolol randomized trial

Endpoint: composite of Stroke/ MI/ CV Death

N=9193 losartan (4605), atenolol (4588)

# Events losartan (508), atenolol (588)

80% European Caucasians 55-80 years old.

http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2003/020386s032lbl.pdf

Cox Analysis

N logHR SE HR (95% CI) p val

Overall9193 .87 ( .77, .98) 0.021

Race SubgroupsNon-Black 8660 -.19 .06 .83 ( .73, .94) 0.003Black 533 .51 .24 1.67 (1.04,2.66) 0.033

Is Finding Among Blacks Real or a Directional Error?

Bayesian HM Analysis

logHRse/sd HR (95%CI) p val Pr>0non-blackfrequentist-.19.06 0.83 ( .73 .94) 0.003 0.001Bayesian-.18.06 0.84 ( .74, .95) 0.003

blackfrequentist .51.24 1.67 (1.04, 2.67) 0.033 0.983Bayesian .38.27 1.47 (0.87, 2.44) 0.914Bayesian analysis cast doubt on finding, but is predicated on not expecting a smaller effect in blacks a priori.

Planned subgroup analysis

Bayesian adjustment using above HM or similar model

Pennello,1997, JASASimon, 2002, Stat. Med. Dixon and Simon, 1991, Biometrics

Unplanned subgroup analysis

Ask for confirmatory trial of subgroup.

Posterior for treatment effect in the subgroup given by HM is prior for confirmatory trial.

Prior information could reduce size of confirmatory trial.

Bayesian approach presented here considers trial as a whole, adjusts for consistency in finding over subgroups.

Error rate is not rigidly pre-assignedCan vary from conservative to liberal depending on interaction F ratio and marginal treatment effect.

Power gain can be substantial.Control for directional error rate is made only when warranted.

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Sleight P (2000), Subgroup analyses in clinical trials: fun to look at but don’t believe them!, Curr Control Trials Cardiovasc Med, 1, 25-27.

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