Objective To develop an easy-to-use R package and web application that summarises baseline characteristics across different arms of a clinical trial or different exposures.
Methods Tables and figures are the efficient means of visualising, communicating and summarising data. It is common in comparative effectiveness research to provide a synopsis of characteristics and outcomes across the various treatment groups. The popularity of such a table has earned it a name and we simply call it the ‘TableOne’, as it is usually the first TableOne encounters looking at a published clinical trial. Such a table includes not only descriptive statistics for each group but also appropriate tests (p values and 95% CIs) for checking for differences across groups. We have developed an R package (called TableOne) (accessible through https://github.com/agapiospanos/TableOne) th
at quickly summarises and compares results across different groups. We have also extended it to an online web application that is easily handled by the researcher. All computations are done in R and plots are produced using the plotly library. We provide a detailed description on how to use the web application.
Results The application guides the user in a step by step format (wizard) and it is accessible through any browser in the following link (https://esm.uoi.gr/shiny/tableone/). Finally, appropriate interactive plots are provided for each variable.
Conclusions This easy-to-use web application will help researchers quickly and easily to visualise differences across treatment groups or different exposures.
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Contributors AP programmed the web application and R code under the guidance of DM. DM wrote the manuscript and AP made comments.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests No, there are no competing interests.
Patient consent for publication Not required.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
Data availability statement Data are available in a public, open access repository (https://esm.uoi.gr/shiny/tableone/)
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