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Clinical Trials Network Summary and Comparison Report.

Atlanta, GA: Institute for Behavioral Research, University of Georgia, NTCS Report No. 10, December 2005, 53p.

Paul M. Roman, PhD, J. Aaron Johnson, PhD, Lori J. Ducharme, PhD, Hannah K. Knudsen, PhD, Meredith P. Huey, MA (National Treatment Center Study, University of Georgia).

The National Treatment Center Study (NTCS) at the University of Georgia comprises a family of projects designed to document and track changes in the organization, structure, staffing, and service delivery patterns of substance abuse treatment programs throughout the U.S. The NTCS currently consists of 5 separate national samples of substance abuse treatment providers, including the CTPs of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network. This report is based on data from a sample of 240 of the CTPs in the CTN. The data were collected in face-to-face interviews conducted in 2003-2004. Of particular interest were patterns of clinical service delivery, including the use of evidence-based practices, and the organizational structure of the CTN. The report contains summary statistics on the CTPs (staff, accreditation, funding sources, e.g.), and considers variations in services delivered within the CTN by treatment modality. Some of the treatment modalities examined include the use of buprenorphine or other pharmacological therapies, behavioral therapies such as motivational interviewing, twelve-step programs, smoking cessation, and programs specifically designed for minorities, women, or adolescents. It also compares these CTPs to national representative samples of publicly funded and privately funded treatment organizations.

The purpose for these comparisons was to understand the ways in which treatment units affiliated with the CTN are significantly different or similar to treatment units outside the CTN. The NTCS project is continuing to collect longitudinal data from these CTPs, which will address an even larger goal: to identify whether exposure to clinical trials and CTN activities significantly enhances a program's likelihood of adopting evidence-based practices. (Report, PDF, English, 2005)

Keywords: Attitudes of health personnel | Baseline data | CTN platform/ancillary study | Dissemination | Health services research | National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network | National Treatment Center Study (NTCS)

Document No: 174

Submitted by CTN Dissemination Librarians.

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