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

Bethesda, MD; National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), July 2010.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

This 12-page brochure, which, in 2011, won an NIH Gold Level Award for Plain Language and Clear Communication (PL/CC) in NIH Publications, provides an overview of the first 10 years of research in the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network.

The CTN was started in 1999 to help bridge the gap between research and practice in the drug and alcohol abuse field, with the goal of moving more evidence-based treatments into community-based treatment programs. The CTN's innovative approach blends the skills and experience of community treatment providers (CTPs) and academic researchers in collaborative partnerships ("Nodes") that offer patients better access to scientifically tested treatments. In its first decade, the CTN has fueled a cultural shift toward evidence-based care for substance abuse treatment, showing that rigorous and relevant clinical research can be carried out directly in CTPs and can address a broad range of addictive disorders.

Some of the most effective treatments to emerge from the CTN include buprenorphine, a pharmacotherapy for opiate addiction; and two behavioral interventions, contingency management and motivational interviewing. The brochure also describes several CTN-related dissemination projects, such as the NIDA/SAMHSA Blending Initiative, which has developed several training products about some of the CTN's successful treatment protocols, and the CTN Dissemination Library, a digital repository of articles, presentations, and other materials by and about the CTN. The CTN continues to evolve and is poised to examine a variety of innovative approaches in the next decade, all with the ultimate goal of getting the best treatments to those who need them. (Brochure, PDF, English, 2010)

Keywords: Blending Team Products | CTN 10-year anniversary | CTN Dissemination Library | CTN Research Agenda | Dissemination | National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network

Document No: 513

Submitted by the CTN Dissemination Librarians (7/22/2010).


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