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This information Drop-out or Lost to Follow-up may consist of health service contacts kept on health care databases such as case notes as Two main issues affect the inferences about the well as information from third parties order female viagra 100 mg amex breast cancer 1 in. The first is the effect of those people involving people with severe disorders cheap female viagra 50mg amex breast cancer grades, third- who drop out of the therapy and the second party information from key workers is nearly is those people who are lost to contact at any always included as part of the measurement of stage of the trial. Some systems the relevance and benefit of the trial results to the assume that the person would not have changed wider community. It may therefore be unethical at all since leaving the trial (LOCF), but this not to collect as much of it as possible. Drop-outs may be those people who the idiosyncratic interpretations made by local COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY 285 Research Ethics committees will lead to further ways. Recruitment may be affected by what ser- confusion in this already complicated area. For example, recruitment is likely to be different if there is free universally available PLATFORM AND ORDNANCE health care provided by a service committed to research and development. A large proportion of A naval military analogy between the vehicle the population will use this service and poten- of delivery, the platform (e. This case is very the difference between service organisation and different when health care is provided, funded by therapy. In and so on; whereas ordnance would consist this case the proportion of the population avail- of different types of therapeutic intervention, able for recruitment will be much reduced and such as CBT and family interventions. This biased towards certain subgroups who may, for distinction is useful in clarifying what is being whatever reasons, have no access to private care. For example a trial of different service Here recruitment is likely to be highly selective organisations (platforms) would be the UK 700 and potentially biased. The provision of different trial,43 in which 708 psychotic patients in four services to different income groups or other popu- centres were randomly assigned to standard or lation subgroups mitigates against representative- intensive case management. In this trial the only ness of trial populations in the USA, Australia specific difference between the two trial limbs and some European countries44,45 and compro- was the number of patients the case managers mises the value of such trials. No investigation was made about the therapeutic input that the case RANDOMISATION managers implemented. The results indicated that there was no advantage in clinical or social Purpose outcomes of intensive case management. In contrast there are examples of therapy trials in To give an equivalent chance of a recruit being which a comparison was made between CBT in any of the groups in the trial design. Some plus routine care, supportive counselling plus researchers think that one of the purposes is routine care, and routine care alone for chronic to balance the groups on every factor that patients15 and acute patients. It may be questioned whether particular factor may affect the outcome then trials of services are of much value if they do this should be included as a factor in the not include effective therapies. In the past researchers have said they unlikely to perform well in a naval engagement have provided evidence of the equivalence of firing a bow and arrow! The current advice is not accessibility may affect trials in a number of to carry out such pre-treatment comparisons 286 TEXTBOOK OF CLINICAL TRIALS but to include pertinent factors in the outcome to significant treatment effects. However, there is a need for a clear recent study has not found this to be true,38 description of the people who dropped out of trialists should consider this factor in their treatment in relation to those who remained as analysis if only to counter such criticisms. The most pertinent for CBT studies is the issue of • The chronicity of the illness, measured in the use of medication. Medication is now often months or years since first diagnosis, is likely divided into two main types, typical antipsy- to affect treatment outcome because it is well chotics which have been available for a number known in the field of psychiatry that those of years and atypical antipsychotic medications which have become available recently. Most with longer illnesses may be less likely to 15 published CBT studies were carried out before change.

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