Please help - Sample size calculation

I am designing a study in which a new drug x is given to patients on drug y and then drug y is withdrawn.
If the required success rate is 80%:
How should I calculate a sample size with a power of 90%?

Thanks for your help.


New Member
Well, Let me make this attempt:
Formula (1):
n= t² x p(1-p)

n = required sample size
t = confidence level at 95% (standard value of 1.96)
p = estimated prevalence of malnutrition in the project area
m = margin of error at 5% (standard value of 0.05)
In the Al Haouz project in Morocco, it has been estimated that roughly 30% (0.3) of the children in the project area suffer from chronic malnutrition. This figure has been taken from national statistics on malnutrition in rural areas. Use of the standard values listed above provides the following calculation.

n= 1.96² x .3(1-.3)
n = 3.8416 x .21
n = .8068
n = 322.72 ~ 323
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Definitely, in the above example, the Confidence Interval (CI) is 95%, and yours 80% which is below the statistical expectation, then look for the Z value, but I am not sure the exact value.
Formula (2)

Simply this equation expect half of the population (50%) and by substitution 95% CI:
n=((0.5)(0.5) 〖x(1.96)〗^2)/〖0.05〗^2
n= 384
Again, this is under 95% CI, so look for 80% in Z, and make your substitution.
Try to learn other methods. 

( I am sorry, the wed doesn't support word equation, or I may not be aware of how to handel it well).


TS Contributor
Assume you are testing \( p = 0.8 \) vs \( p > 0.8 \)

Lets give the level of the test first; with that we can define the critical region and thus calculating the power. Of course as posted by wadi, we can express the power in terms of the level of the test.
Hi Wadi and BGM,

Thanks a ton.

if my required sucess rate is 80%, so should i calculate the sample size as follows:
n= 1.96^2 x 0.8 (1-0.8)/0.05^2


Should the calculation be:
Required sucess rate 80% (1.282) and
since i do not know the estimated prevalence, i may use an assumption of 50%,
n= 1.282^2 x 0.5 (1-0.5)/0.05^2

Thanks for your support.

Please help me calculate the power also?
This is a great forum. I am learning a lot by reading different posts.

Thanks to all members who are answering each and every question.

I understand that in the sample size calculation for a proportion, the sample size (n) decreases with increase in the estimated proportion (p).

If I assume that if p =95% with a t(CI) = 95% and m =0.05 then the n = 73;

If I enroll 73 patients, and the success rate is 70%, How do I interpret the result?

Please help.
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hi , I looking for help my self. Does that formula work for every case scenario. How do you know the population proportion , do you assume the proportion that you are interested in. My dead line is fast approaching and I am confused.