WHAT TO PUBLISH WHEN WAITING FOR MAIN OUTCOMES
Being productive while awaiting main trial outcomes may appear daunting; however, it is very feasible. There are multiple important opportunities for publishing prior to developing a main trial outcome paper. This is particularly the case if a trial is initially designed with the explicit goal of generating meaningful papers that are complimentary to, but independent of, reporting main trial outcomes.
Figure 24.1 outlines five key possibilities for generating meaningful publications when conducting a behavioral intervention trial. These include manuscripts that: (a) describe the study protocol; (b) involve systematic reviews or meta-analyses of research relevant to the intervention being tested; (c) describe an innovative collaborative partnership or model of care; (d) present novel recruitment, enrollment, and/ or screening approaches; and (e) report baseline data collection efforts, such as the psychometric properties of a new measure being used in the study, or research questions of a correlational nature.