Design and conduct of clinical trials: report of the Clinical Trials Subcommittee of the International Dry Eye WorkShop (2007)

Ocul Surf. 2007 Apr;5(2):153-62. doi: 10.1016/s1542-0124(12)70084-8.


This report summarizes some universal concepts with regard to clinical trials in general and other issues pertaining to clinical trials specifically tailored to the study of therapeutic intervention in dry eye disease. The report also makes recommendations for logistical design and implementation of such trials. It identifies peculiarities of dry eye disease that complicate clinical trial design, such as the lack of correlation of signs and symptoms, as well as the likelihood of control interventions having a lubricant (placebo) effect. Strategies for environmental trials and controlled adverse environment trials are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic*
  • Dry Eye Syndromes / therapy*
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic
  • Research Design*