Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2010;38(Suppl 1):S1-S3. [doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2010.02.001]
A. Thomas McLellan, PhD (White House Office of National Drug Control Policy).
This editorial, by Dr. A. Thomas McLellan of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, describes the major benefits from the last decade of CTN research and the challenges that lie ahead. There have been many gains directly and indirectly related to the performance of the 22 CTN trials over the past 10 years, and while detractors sometimes question the value of NIDA's substantial financial investment in the CTN, due to the lack of "breakthrough" or "blockbuster" results, this is a narrow way to think. The CTN has contributed greatly to the prominence of clinical and health services research at NIDA, two fields previously not given the same level of attention as other types of science. For the CTN to continue to succeed, however, it needs to find a way to become more efficient and produce more results, more rapidly. Additionally, increased examination of why community treatment providers are not embracing more of the "effective" interventions post-trial is warranted. Are the costs of adoption too high? Do the state budgets not permit for billing of the new intervention services? What else might be in the way of greater adoption of evidence-based treatment in the CTPs? Thanks to the CTN, the field of addiction research has more and better clinical interventions to treat addiction than ever before, and much of President Obama's 2010 Drug Control Strategy has been based around what has been learned from CTN trials, investigators, practitioners, and patients. (Article (Peer-Reviewed), PDF, English, 2010)
Keywords: Adoption of interventions | Community health services | CTN 10-year anniversary | CTN research agenda | Dissemination | Evidence-based treatment | National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network | Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (journal)
Document No: 426, PMID: 20307790
Submitted by CTN Dissemination Librarians, 3/22/2010