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Dissemination Activities: A Critical New Role for Substance Abuse Treatment Organizations.

Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research 2014;41(4):473-487. [doi: 10.1007/s11414-014-9405-z]

Dail Fields, PhD (University of Georgia, Athens), Terry C. Blum, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology), Paul M. Roman, PhD (University of Georgia, Athens).

The Affordable Care Act calls for integration of substance abuse treatment into medical care via medical homes and continuing specialty care. For this integration to occur in the substance abuse treatment field, substantial sharing and dissemination of information by treatment providers is required. This study explored the determinants of organizational activities directed at disseminating evidence-based practices (EBPs) undertaken by 193 community treatment programs who are members of the National Institute on Drug Abuse's National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN). Using factor analysis, the research identified two generic categories reflecting different motivations for dissemination activities -- building organizational capital and network and professional citizenship -- and explored both treatment center leadership and organizational characteristics as determinants of these different types of dissemination activities. Organizational characteristics predicting treatment center dissemination activities included size, previous involvement in research protocols, linkages with other providers, and having non-profit status. The treatment center leader's membership in professional organizations was also a significant determinant. Organization variables account for a larger portion of the variance in treatment center dissemination activities.

Conclusions: The results suggest that the willingness of treatment providers to help disseminate EBPs within the industry may be heavily influenced through shared network connections with other treatment organizations. Policy leaders' efforts to increase EBP implementation and care integration targeted by the ACA may want to pay particular attention to the effects of network involvement found in this study. (Article (Peer-Reviewed), PDF, English, 2007)

Keywords: Adoption of interventions | Affordable Care Act (ACA) | Community health services | CTN platform/ancillary study | Dissemination | Dissemination strategies | Evidence-based treatment | Research participation | Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research (journal)

Document No: 1060, PMID: 24722825, PMCID: PMC4162753.

Submitted by CTN Dissemination Librarians, 4/14/2014.

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