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CTN Update: Teamwork Develops Treatment Concept into Study.

NIDA Notes 2004;19(4):11

Barbara Shine (NIDA Notes contributing writer).

This article describes the process of protocol development in the Clinical Trials Network (CTN). A new study in the CTN begins with a researcher or treatment provider identifies a clinical need and formulates a solution or intervention to meet it. Research ideas are only accepted by the CTN if they coincide with public health priorities and meet two standards -- feasibility and sustainability. The concept proposal must also stand on a foundation of previous supporting research. Once it meets these criteria and gains approval within the CTN and by NIDA, the proposal is ready to move on to protocol development and final NIDA approval and funding. The article illustrates the protocol development process using the recently completed CTN-sponsored study "Motivational Incentives for Enhanced Drug Abuse Recovery" (CTN 006 & CTN 007) as an example. (Newsletter Article, HTML, English, 2004)

Keywords: CTN protocol development | CTN research agenda | National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network | Research design | NIDA Notes (newsletter)

Document No: 84

Submitted by CTN Dissemination Librarians (2/8/2005)

Shine, Barbara search

Supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.
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