Choosing a control group in effectiveness trials of behavioral drug abuse treatments

Gregory S. Brigham, Daniel J Feaster, Paul G. Wakim, Catherine L. Dempsey

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Abstract

Effectiveness trials are an important step in the scientific process of developing and evaluating behavioral treatments. The focus on effectiveness research presents a different set of requirements on the research design when compared with efficacy studies. The choice of a control condition has many implications for a clinical trial's internal and external validity. The purpose of this article was to provide a discussion of the issues involved in choosing a control group for effectiveness trials of behavioral interventions in substance abuse treatment. The authors provide a description of four trial designs and a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-397
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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Keywords

  • Abuse
  • Clinical
  • Control
  • Design
  • Drug
  • Trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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Choosing a control group in effectiveness trials of behavioral drug abuse treatments. / Brigham, Gregory S.; Feaster, Daniel J; Wakim, Paul G.; Dempsey, Catherine L.

In: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Vol. 37, No. 4, 01.12.2009, p. 388-397.

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Brigham, Gregory S. ; Feaster, Daniel J ; Wakim, Paul G. ; Dempsey, Catherine L. / Choosing a control group in effectiveness trials of behavioral drug abuse treatments. In: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2009 ; Vol. 37, No. 4. pp. 388-397.
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