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TAPS-ESP: Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription Drug, and Illicit Substance Use - Electronic Spanish Platform: Technologies to Increase Screening in Primary Care to Reduce Behavioral Health Disparities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41MD012782-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41MD012782
Amount: $224,579.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 102
Solicitation Number: PA17-303
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-31
Small Business Information
Potomac, MD 20854-3956
United States
DUNS: 078462689
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 (512) 415-8349
Business Contact
Phone: (410) 570-7213
Research Institution
DALLAS, TX 75201
United States

 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Language accessibility and cultural awareness are essential elements of quality healthcareLimited English
ProficiencyLEPindividuals are less likely to self identify a need for behavioral health serviceswhich results
in longer duration of untreated disordersAccurate identificationdiagnosisand treatment are entirely
dependent on a linguistically accurate screening and assessmentespecially for sensitive topics such as
substance useRecentlythe National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials NetworkNIDA CTNdeveloped and validated
the TobaccoAlcoholPrescription drugand illicit Substance useTAPSToola two stage screening
and brief assessment tool to detect substance use problems in primary careThe current study will develop a
technology platform for delivering the TAPS Tool to a Spanish speakinghealth disparity populationThis PhaseSTTR project will involve the research driven adaptation of the TAPS into Spanish using
cognitive interviewing methodsits deployment on a self administered mobile tablet technology platformand
an empirical study of the platform s feasibilityacceptabilityand preliminary validity in a Spanish speaking
primary care sampleWe refer to this novel adaptation of the TAPS Tool as the TAPS Electronic Spanish
Platformor TAPS ESPThe project will lead to a technology application that could expand access to evidence basedlinguisticallyaccurate substance use screening and assessment for an underserved health disparity populationThe
technology could have significant public health impact and commercial viability given the growing Hispanic
population in the US and the increasingly prominent role of primary care practices in addressing substance use
problemsThis Phasestudy will lay the groundwork for a PhaseSTTR focused on the broader validation and
implementation of the TAPS ESP platformand its full integration into electronic health records systems Project NarrativeTAPS ESP
The TAPS Tool is a newly validated two stage screening and brief assessment to identify substance use
problems in primary careThis PhaseSTTR project will develop and test a Spanish language version of the
TAPS Tool in a self administered mobile tablet technology platformthe TAPS Electronic Spanish Platformor
TAPS ESPThis technology could expand access to evidence basedlinguistically accurateand culturallyrelevant substance use screening and assessment for an underserved health disparity population

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