Generating a Testable Hypothesis and Underlying Principles of Clinical Trials

  • Cecilia G. Ethun
  • Shishir K. MaithelEmail author
Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)


A well-designed and executed clinical trial can be one of the most powerful and definitive ways to assess the effectiveness and safety of an intervention(s). Thus, thorough knowledge of the underlying principles of clinical trials is required for any investigator choosing to embark on such an endeavor. This chapter will elaborate on three important aspects of clinical trial development: defining clinical trials, developing a research question, and generating a testable hypothesis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Winship Cancer InstituteEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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