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Staff Beliefs about Drug Abuse Clinical Trials.

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2002; 23:55-60. [doi: 10.1016/S0740-5472(02)00238-6]

Robert F. Forman, PhD (University of Pennsylvania, DV Node), Gregory Bovasso, PhD, George E. Woody, MD (University of Pennsylvania, DV Node), Laura F. McNicholas, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania, DV Node), Cynthia Clark, CRNP, Charlotte Royer-Malvestuto, MEd (University of Pennsylvania, DV Node), Stephen Weinstein, PhD (Thomas Jefferson Medican Center, DV Node).

Staff from 10 community-based addiction treatment organizations in the National Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network participated in an educational session about addiction research practices and human subject protections. This 1.5-hour presentation addressed "informed consent," "confidentiality of research information," "inclusion and exclusion criteria," "random assignment," "patient protections," and "patient payments." Pre- and postsession surveys were administered to 115 staff members measuring their beliefs about clinical trials. At baseline, 52% of staff believed patients could transfer out of a study even if they were doing poorly, and 55% believed staff had this right; 44% agreed that patients could participate in a clinical trial without understanding what would take place in the study. After the educational session, staff beliefs about patient protections were significantly increased in five of the seven items. A fourth of staff continued to believe patient payments were harmful, and 37% did not believe participation in a clinical trial would increase a patient's chances at recovery. (Article (Peer-Reviewed), PDF, English, 2002)

Keywords: Attitudes of health personnel | Ethics | CTN platform/ancillary study | CTP training | Patient protections | Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (journal)

Document No: 7. PMID: 12127469

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Bovasso, Gregory
Clark, Cynthia
Forman, Robert F. mail
McNicholas, Laura F. mail
Royer-Malvestuto, Charlotte mail
Weinstein, Stephen mail
Woody, George E. mail

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