Assessing treatment fidelity in pilot studies assist in designing clinical trials: an illustration from a nurse practitioner community-based intervention for pain.

@article{Bruckenthal2007AssessingTF,
  title={Assessing treatment fidelity in pilot studies assist in designing clinical trials: an illustration from a nurse practitioner community-based intervention for pain.},
  author={Patricia Bruckenthal and Joan E. Broderick},
  journal={ANS. Advances in nursing science},
  year={2007},
  volume={30 1},
  pages={E72-84}
}
Treatment fidelity refers to the degree to which treatment is administered as intended, and it is key to interpreting and translating research into practice. As an illustration, we report the benefits of examining treatment fidelity in a pilot study of nurse practitioner-delivered Coping Skills Training for chronic pain. Analysis revealed both strengths and weaknesses of protocol design and treatment delivery. This pilot work formed the basis for subsequently modifying the design of a large… CONTINUE READING