Randomized Control Trials: Design and Implementation for Community-Based Psychosocial Interventions

Paperback | February 16, 2009

byPhyllis Solomon, Mary M. Cavanaugh, Jeffrey Draine

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Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are considered by many researchers and providers to be the gold standard of health and social service effectiveness research. However, there exist scant resources that deal with the complex nature of designing and implementing RCTs in community-basedsettings. This clearly written pocket guide provides researchers and social service practitioners insight into each step of an RCT. The goal of this text is to enable readers to understand, design, and implement a community-based RCT. From the initial stage of planning the RCT and developing its conceptual foundations through implementation, the authors provide a wealth of detail and case studies from social work practice research that assist readers to comprehend the detailed information provided. Accessible, concrete advice iswoven throughout the text and tackles the many design and implementation challenges that arise in community practice settings. The importance of utilizing a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods is encouraged due to the intricate nature of RCT research in community-based environments. Through utilizing practical case examples, this pocket guide reviews the essentials of RCTs in a manner that will appeal to researchers, practitioners and students alike who are seeking the necessary tools to build the empirical knowledge base for community-based psychosocial interventions forsocial work.

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Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are considered by many researchers and providers to be the gold standard of health and social service effectiveness research. However, there exist scant resources that deal with the complex nature of designing and implementing RCTs in community-basedsettings. This clearly written pocket guide provide...

Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D., is a Professor of social Work in the School of Social Policy and Practice and Professor of Social Work in Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Mary M. Cavanaugh, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. Jeffrey...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 16, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195333195

ISBN - 13:9780195333190

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Ethical Consideration of RCTs3. Planning the RCT4. Developing Conceptual Foundations for RCTs5. Designing the RCT6. Implementing the RCT7. Generalizing the RCT Outcomes to Community Practice Settings