May 15, 2020: Optimized Learning While Doing: The REMAP-CAP Adaptive Platform Trial (Derek Angus, MD, MPH)


Derek C. Angus, MD, MPH, FRCP
Distinguished Professor and Mitchell P. Fink Endowed Chair
Department of Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Health System


Optimized Learning While Doing: The REMAP-CAP Adaptive Platform Trial


Adaptive study design; REMAP-CAP; Community-acquired pneumonia; Embedded research; Learning health system; Pandemic; Response-adaptive randomization; Global adaptive platform; COVID-19

Key Points

  • The Randomised, Embedded, Multifactorial, Adaptive Platform Trial for Community-Acquired Pneumonia (REMAP-CAP) aims to determine and continuously update the optimal set of treatments for community-acquired pneumonia.
  • An important aspect of adaptive trial designs is that already accrued data are used to increase the likelihood that patients within the trial are randomized to treatments that are beneficial.
  • With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the REMAP study made use of an adaptive sub-platform called REMAP-COVID, which is studying multiple questions around COVID treatment simultaneously.

Discussion Themes

The COVID-19 pandemic requires us to do two things at once: learn and do. An integrated approach finds the optimal balance to treat patients as well as possible and learn as fast as possible.

Adaptive randomization is potentially more comfortable for physicians, where patients are preferentially assigned to the best therapy over time.

Read more about REMAP-CAP and Dr. Angus’ research in Optimizing the Trade-off Between Learning and Doing in a Pandemic (JAMA, March 2020).


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