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Using CAI to Enhance Drug Tx Staff HCV Knowledge and Communication Skills

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
85514
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
DA023722
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SOCIAL SCIENCES INNOVATIONS CORPORATION
71 W 23RD ST, 8TH FL NEW YORK, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Using CAI to Enhance Drug Tx Staff HCV Knowledge and Communication Skills
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43DA023722-01
Award Amount: $99,864.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): To more efficiently meet the need and demand for hepatitis C virus (HCV) information and health communication skills among thousands of addiction counselors throughout the US, this project aims to adapt an effective, ac credited, trainer-delivered HCV training ( STOP HEP C training ) for addiction counselors into an interactive, tailored, self-paced, easily accessible, accredited, web-based computer-assisted instruction (CAI) program. Addiction counselors sorely need this information and these skills in view of the fact that of the 4 million HCV-infected people in the US (4 times as many as HIV ), the majority are former or current drug users who often lack critically needed medical support in their communities. As a conse quence, when they enter drug treatment programs, most drug users are uneducated about HCV transmission and the potential dire consequences if HCV-infected, and addiction counselors are optimally situated to support their clients' HCV related needs. While t he NIDA-funded STOP HEP C training was developed and found to be effective in increasing counselors' HCV knowledge and health communication with clients, the demand for the STOP HEP C training far exceeds the capacity to deliver it in a trainer-facilitated format. The CAI program offers an optimal way to disseminate this critically needed, evidence-based, and theoretically grounded training that retains its advantages and addresses its limitations in the current format. Thus, during Phase I, this project pr oposes to: 1) adapt 2 of the STOP HEP C training modules into a CAI script; 2) convene an Expert Advisory Panel that will evaluate the CAI script; 3) develop a self-directed prototype of the 2 modules: an introductory module with limited interactivity and an advanced highly interactive module; and 4) through qualitative and quantitative data analyses, assess the learning effectiveness of the prototypes with a sample of potential consumers. This CAI will be superior to other currently available HCV trainings as it will provide information on health communication strategies; enable counselors to obtain counseling certification credits; be easily accessible, cost-effective, and self-paced; provide tailored information reflecting the treatment modality in which individual counselors work; and increase comprehension and retention of the material due to the interactive presentation of the information. In Phase II, the remaining modules will be developed, and the complete CAI will be evaluated by comparing and contr asting the learning of counselors who are randomly assigned to either the trainer-facilitated training or the CAI program. The commercialization of the completed CAI will benefit from the secured support of regional and national associations serving addict ion counselors, and businesses that have expertise in marketing health provider trainings and CAI products. In addition to sending product brochures to the extensive mailing lists of these businesses and associations, and placing advertisements on their we bsites with high exposure, we will market the CAI by demonstrating it at the national addiction provider conferences.

Principal Investigator:

Hilary J. Liberty

Business Contact:

Lisa Bernhard
bernhard@ndri.org
Small Business Information at Submission:

SOCIAL SCIENCES INNOVATIONS CORPORATION
SOCIAL SCIENCES INNOVATIONS CORP 71 W 23RD ST, 8TH FL NEW YORK, NY 10010

EIN/Tax ID: 141743789
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No