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Salud mental

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MARIN-NAVARRETE, Rodrigo et al. Methodological and ethical aspects in conducting randomized controlled clinical trials (RCT) for addictive disorder's interventions. Salud Ment [online]. 2013, vol.36, n.3, pp.253-265. ISSN 0185-3325.

According to epidemiologic reports, the harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs has increased among the Mexican population. This use is associated to several risks and issues that affect public health and the public well-being of the country. In this article it is acknowledged the need for development of treatment models and interventions whose therapeutic value is demonstrated by scientific evidence, that respond to the attention needs of the population affected by substance use in our country and that can be generalized in community clinical practice. In clinical research, randomized controlled clinical trials (RCT's) are the "gold standard" to demonstrate the effect of a therapeutic intervention. A randomized controlled clinical trial is a prospective study in which the effect, value and safety of one or various experimental interventions are tested against a "control" intervention in human subjects. Acknowledging that in Mexico there is a lack of research on addiction treatment that is compliant with all the requirements to be considered as an RCT, this article presents some methodological and ethical considerations that are neccesary for their design and conduction. These considerations include from the establishment of a relevant research question and objectives, adequate study design, development of strategies for data management, statistical analysis, monitoring of interventions, safety monitoring and research quality assurance and protection of human subjects.

Palavras-chave : Substance use disorders; treatment; controlled clinical trials; randomized clinical trials; methodology; ethical aspects.

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