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Behavioral Science

​HANC facilitates the trans-NIH institute, cross-network Behavioral Science Working Group (BSWG). The BSWG’s overarching goal is to ensure that the DAIDS clinical trials networks benefit from state-of-the-science methods and procedures that optimize adherence to product and risk reduction counseling and minimize the risk of confounding user and product failures. Further, the BSWG endeavors to maximize fiscal and scientific resources, reduce redundancies, improve cross-network communication and collaboration, and ensure that the best quality behavioral science is integrated into clinical trials.

HANC facilitates the Behavioral Science Consultative Group (BSCG). The overarching objectives of the BSCG are to provide expert opinion as requested to the NIH HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks on the behavioral components of their research agenda and studies: including, but not limited to, advice on protocol design, protocol implementation and methodology for data collection and evaluation. Examples of issues that can be addressed include the assessment of the interaction of adherence and risk behaviors in prevention studies, as well as the implications to study design of real-time adherence measures and possible interventions based on that data.

HANC also facilitates the cross-network/trans-Institute Youth Prevention Working Group (YPRWG) which was formed in the winter of 2012. The group consists of representatives from the NIH networks, the Adolescent Trials Network (ATN), DAIDS, NIAID, NIMH, NIDA, and NICHD.

​Qualitative Research SMEC

The BSWG organized a subject matter expert consultation (SMEC) of over 30 behavioral and social scientists, NIH staff, and other content experts in Washington, DC on May 5th, 2015. It was first noted in 2007 that a meeting dedicated to qualitative research was needed. The SMEC was the first of its kind.

The final report is available in the BSWG Report Library. Follow the link below.

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The BSWG is supported by The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

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