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J Ment Health. 2012 Oct;21(5):439-47. doi: 10.3109/09638237.2012.664298. Epub 2012 May 1.

Contribution of research networks to a clinical trial of antidepressants in people with dementia.

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Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, King's College London, Room 1.17, James Clerk Maxwell Building, London, UK. n.mccrae@kcl.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Mental Health Research Network and Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network were established in the UK to increase research capacity and activity; the former in mental health generally, and the latter specifically in neurodegenerative disorders including dementia. Little evidence exists on the impact of these networks on research in mental health of older people.

AIMS:

To examine research network support to a multi-centre randomised controlled trial of antidepressants in people with depression superimposed on dementia. Method Qualitative questionnaires were completed by principal investigators, trial-funded research workers and clinical study officers (CSOs) of the research networks.

RESULTS:

Research network contribution was much valued by principal investigators and the nine research teams. CSOs boosted the recruitment campaign in a challenging environment and enhanced assessment processes. Some problems with consistency and staff turnover were raised.

CONCLUSION:

Research network input can make an appreciable difference to the process and outcome of a multi-centre clinical trial.

PMID:
22548261
DOI:
10.3109/09638237.2012.664298
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