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Special Supplement to Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, "A Decade of Research by the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network."

The First Decade of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice to Improve Drug Abuse Treatment.

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2010;38(suppl 1):S4-S13. [doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2010.01.011]

Betty Tai, PhD (NIDA Center for the Clinical Trials Network (CCTN)), Michele M. Straus, RPh, MS (CCTN), David Liu, MD (CCTN), Steven Sparenborg, PhD (CCTN), T. Ronald Jackson, MSW (Evergreen Treatment Services, PN Node), Dennis McCarty, PhD (Oregon Health & Science University, OR/HI Node).

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) established the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) in 1999 to improve the quality of addiction treatment using science as the vehicle. The network brings providers from community-based drug abuse treatment programs and scientists from university-based research centers together in an alliance that fosters bidirectional communication and collaboration. Collaboration enhanced the relevance of research to practice and facilitated the development and implementation of evidence-based treatments in community practice settings. The CTN's 20 completed trials tested pharmacological, behavioral, and integrated treatment interventions for adolescents and adults; more than 11,000 individuals participated in the trials. This article reviews the rationale for the CTN, describes the translation of its guiding principles into research endeavors, and anticipates the future evolution of clinical research within the Network. The next decade is likely to bring increasingly sophisticated pharmacotherapies and behavioral therapies to the research and addiction treatment arenas, and with its durable research infrastructure and experienced workforce, the CTN is well positioned to broaden its research portfolio, undertaking comparative effectiveness research projects that address substance abuse treatment within the context of the larger health care system. (Article (Peer-Reviewed), PDF, English, 2010)

Keywords: Behavior therapy | Buprenorphine | Buprenorphine/Naloxone | Community health services | Contingency Management (CM) | CTN 10-year anniversary | CTN Dissemination Library | CTN research agenda | Dissemination | Dissemination strategies | Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) | Motivational incentives | Motivational interviewing (MI) | National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network | Pharmacological therapy | Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (journal)

Document No: 427, PMID: 20307794, PMCID: PMC2994254.

Submitted by CTN Dissemination Librarians, 3/22/2010

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