[abstract] A PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A MULTI-INSTITUTIONAL COOPERATIVE HYPERBARIC MEDICINE RESEARCH GROUP.

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[abstract] A PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A MULTI-INSTITUTIONAL COOPERATIVE HYPERBARIC MEDICINE RESEARCH GROUP.

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Title: [abstract] A PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A MULTI-INSTITUTIONAL COOPERATIVE HYPERBARIC MEDICINE RESEARCH GROUP.
Author: Feldmeier, JJ; Heimbach, RD; Davolt, DA; Brakora, MJ; Porter, AT
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Hyperbaric Medicine as a specialty is often criticized due to the lack of large prospective randomized trials demonstrating its efficacy. In cancer research, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsors and funds multi-institutional multispecialty clinical cooperative groups. One of these groups, the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), is recommended as a model for establishing a hyperbaric cooperative research group. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Many parallels can be drawn between the two disciplines of radiation therapy and hyperbaric oxygen. Both are small medical specialties. Both deliver a therapy that is highly technical, labor intensive, and not a traditional or well understood modality. Both are nearly always consulting specialties. RESULTS: The RTOG is primarily interested in conducting research to demonstrate the efficacy of a single modality, radiation therapy. At the same time, it is truly multidisciplinary and its membership includes surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and basic scientists. Since it's inception in 1968, RTOG has been quite successful. It has been funded by the NCI since 1971. It has activated over 175 protocols and enrolled more than 27,000 patients on cooperative group trials. CONCLUSION: It is proposed that a similar group which is both multispecialty and multi-institutional be established to design, conduct, analyze and report the results of randomized prospective hyperbaric oxygen trials. Federal funding could be sought from the National Institutes of Health. Further recommendations based on the RTOG model for the establishment of this group are made.
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting held July 7-10, 1993. World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. (http://www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/8071
Date: 1993

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