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Photo of Dr. Martyn Van HasseltDr. Martyn Van Hasselt (Economics) received new funding from the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for the project “An Innovative Method to Account for Adherence in Treatment Evaluation.” Experimental study designs in which individuals are randomly assigned to multiple treatment arms are common in clinical research and considered the gold standard. A serious problem arises if study participants don’t fully adhere to their assigned treatment regimen, because this undermines the accurate evaluation of the risks and benefits of treatment. Imperfect adherence is common in trials studying the efficacy of treatments for alcohol dependence and requires the use of statistical models and methods that can properly incorporate both adherence behavior and health outcomes. This study will develop an alternative and innovative Bayesian method for estimating treatment efficacy in the presence of imperfect treatment adherence and will evaluate it relative to competing approaches.

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