Conducting Clinical Trials in the Public Schools This manuscript explores the general whys and hows clinicians in the public school can and should be involved in clinical trials research and describes the Communication Sciences and Disorders Research Group (CSDRG). The CSDRG is a group of clinicians, clinical investigators, basic scientists, epidemiologists, and statisticians in communication sciences and ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   October 01, 1998
Conducting Clinical Trials in the Public Schools
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Tom O’Toole
    JCT, Inc., Gaithersburg, MD
  • Jeri A. Logemann
    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Herbert M. Baum
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD
  • Contact author: Tom O’Toole, 217 Rolling Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.
    Contact author: Tom O’Toole, 217 Rolling Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.×
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School-Based Settings / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Clinical Forum: Treatment Outcomes and Efficacy in Schools
Clinical Forum   |   October 01, 1998
Conducting Clinical Trials in the Public Schools
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1998, Vol. 29, 257-262. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2904.257
History: Received November 24, 1997 , Accepted April 28, 1998
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1998, Vol. 29, 257-262. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2904.257
History: Received November 24, 1997; Accepted April 28, 1998

This manuscript explores the general whys and hows clinicians in the public school can and should be involved in clinical trials research and describes the Communication Sciences and Disorders Research Group (CSDRG). The CSDRG is a group of clinicians, clinical investigators, basic scientists, epidemiologists, and statisticians in communication sciences and disorders (funded by the National Institutes of Health) who came together to design and implement clinical trials examining the effectiveness of interventions with speech, hearing, language, balance, and voice/swallowing disorders. Clinical trials are a very specific type of treatment research requiring the randomization of children to several different treatment arms. Because of the required characteristics of clinical trials, conducting them in the school setting poses unique challenges and logistic issues that are described, along with potential solutions.

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