CEU Part II: Treatment Effectiveness, Treatment Efficacy, and Clinical Trials Although clinical outcomes play a central role in both clinical practice and clinical research, the two applications differ in terms of how outcome data are gathered. The scientific method is by definition conservative and the result is that clinical outcome research, and particularly efficacy research, comes with a series of ... Article
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CEU Part II: Treatment Effectiveness, Treatment Efficacy, and Clinical Trials
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Article   |   April 01, 2001
CEU Part II: Treatment Effectiveness, Treatment Efficacy, and Clinical Trials
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2001, Vol. 11, 6-9. doi:10.1044/nnsld11.1.6
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2001, Vol. 11, 6-9. doi:10.1044/nnsld11.1.6
Although clinical outcomes play a central role in both clinical practice and clinical research, the two applications differ in terms of how outcome data are gathered. The scientific method is by definition conservative and the result is that clinical outcome research, and particularly efficacy research, comes with a series of procedural prescriptions and proscriptions that aren’t necessarily required in day-to-day clinical practice.
The process of testing the value of an experimental treatment protocol is a long one and proceeds in sequential stages (Robey & Schultz, 1998). A key for interpreting where a treatment protocol is in the sequence of research leading to general application is a distinction between two basic forms of clinical research: treatment effectiveness research and treatment efficacy research.
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