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Standardized Patients as Participants in Clinical Trials Protocol Implementation.

Poster presented at the NIDA Blending Conference, "Blending Addiction Science & Practice: Bridges to the Future," Seattle, WA, October 16-17, 2006.

Holly E. Fussell, PhD; Lynn E. Kunkel, MS; Colleen Shannon-Lewy, PhD; Bentson H. McFarland, MD, PhD (Oregon Health and Science University, OR Node).

Standardized patients (SPs) are used in medical education to assist in training and evaluating clinical skills. This poster summarizes the use of an SP to test patient screening and intake processes for two clinical trials conducted in the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, CTN-0029 ("A Pilot Study of Osmotic-Release Methylphenidate in Initiating and Maintaining Abstinence in Smokers with ADHD"). The SP portrayed an individual seeking treatment and "walked" through the study intake process, including being interviewed by research assistants and study medical staff. The poster describes the SP and the role he played in the protocol, then details the modifications made to the protocol as the result of his experiences. In conclusion, the poster reports that applying SP technology as a pilot of the implementation of clinical trials in substance abuse resulted in positive reactions from research and Node staff. In addition, it provided staff confidence in the participant flow and a better understanding of how the data collection would occur when faced with "real" study participants. Due to the success of this pilot implementation, there is evidence to suggest that SP technology could be applied in other settings such as training in a wide range of human services, or testing client responsiveness in treatment and prevention services. (Poster, PowerPoint slides, 2006, English)

Keywords: Attitudes of health personnel | CTP training | Standardized patients (SPs) | Training | NIDA Blending Conference, 2006

Document No: 217

Submitted by Lynn Kunkel, MS, Node Coordinator, OR/HI Node.

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