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Harmonized clinical trial methodologies for localized cutaneous leishmaniasis and potential for extensive network with capacities for clinical evaluation.

Harmonized clinical trial methodologies for localized cutaneous leishmaniasis and potential for extensive network with capacities for clinical evaluation.
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Olliaro P, Grogl M, Boni M, Carvalho EM, Chebli H, Cisse M, Diro E, Fernandes Cota G, Erber AC, Gadisa E, Handjani F, Khanesipour A, Llanos-Cuentas A, López Carvajal L, Grout L, Lmimouni BE, Mokni M, Nahzat MS, Ben Salah A, Ozbel Y, Pascale JM, Rizzo Molina N, Rode J, Romero G, Ruiz-Postigo JA, Gore Saravia N, Soto J, Uzun S, Mashayekhi V, Vélez ID, Vogt F, Zerpa O, Arana B,


Olliaro P, Grogl M, Boni M, Carvalho EM, Chebli H, Cisse M, Diro E, Fernandes Cota G, Erber AC, Gadisa E, Handjani F, Khanesipour A, Llanos-Cuentas A, López Carvajal L, Grout L, Lmimouni BE, Mokni M, Nahzat MS, Ben Salah A, Ozbel Y, Pascale JM, Rizzo Molina N, Rode J, Romero G, Ruiz-Postigo JA, Gore Saravia N, Soto J, Uzun S, Mashayekhi V, Vélez ID, Vogt F, Zerpa O, Arana B, (click to view)

Olliaro P, Grogl M, Boni M, Carvalho EM, Chebli H, Cisse M, Diro E, Fernandes Cota G, Erber AC, Gadisa E, Handjani F, Khanesipour A, Llanos-Cuentas A, López Carvajal L, Grout L, Lmimouni BE, Mokni M, Nahzat MS, Ben Salah A, Ozbel Y, Pascale JM, Rizzo Molina N, Rode J, Romero G, Ruiz-Postigo JA, Gore Saravia N, Soto J, Uzun S, Mashayekhi V, Vélez ID, Vogt F, Zerpa O, Arana B,

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PLoS neglected tropical diseases 2018 01 1212(1) e0006141 doi 10.1371/journal.pntd.0006141
Abstract
INTRODUCTION
Progress with the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) has been hampered by inconsistent methodologies used to assess treatment effects. A sizable number of trials conducted over the years has generated only weak evidence backing current treatment recommendations, as shown by systematic reviews on old-world and new-world CL (OWCL and NWCL).

MATERIALS AND METHODS
Using a previously published guidance paper on CL treatment trial methodology as the reference, consensus was sought on key parameters including core eligibility and outcome measures, among OWCL (7 countries, 10 trial sites) and NWCL (7 countries, 11 trial sites) during two separate meetings.

RESULTS
Findings and level of consensus within and between OWCL and NWCL sites are presented and discussed. In addition, CL trial site characteristics and capacities are summarized.

CONCLUSIONS
The consensus reached allows standardization of future clinical research across OWCL and NWCL sites. We encourage CL researchers to adopt and adapt as required the proposed parameters and outcomes in their future trials and provide feedback on their experience. The expertise afforded between the two sets of clinical sites provides the basis for a powerful consortium with potential for extensive, standardized assessment of interventions for CL and faster approval of candidate treatments.

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