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Organizational Factors Influencing Practice Improvement in Community Based Care

This study has been completed.
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Virginia Commonwealth University Identifier:
First received: September 3, 2008
Last updated: February 21, 2012
Last verified: October 2011

Purpose of the Study:

The Richmond Behavioral Health Authority's Substance Abuse Services Division and Virginia Commonwealth University's Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies are working on an important research study to improve the quality of substance use disorder treatment services offered by RBHA and its contracted services providers. Specifically, this preliminary research will provide the information needed to conduct a planned series of program-specific interventions, designed to increase the adoption of evidence-based practices (EBPs) within specific programs. A major goal of the study is to better understand what factors influence the adoption of EBPs, and what adoption strategies work best for which types of staff, which types of programs, and under what conditions.

Description of Staff Involvement:

In this study, staff will be asked to complete questionnaires about themselves, their workplaces, and their perceptions about the services their organization provides. Some of these questionnaires will be given to staff when they first enter the study, and others may be given to staff before and about 9 months after a 3-day Practice Improvement Workshop (please note that each agency may or may not be selected to complete the workshop).

Description of Client Involvement:

Clients at each participating site will be asked to complete a brief survey about the services they receive at that site. This survey will occur at the initial timepoint, and at several later timepoints. This survey is confidential and anonymous.

Condition Intervention
Quality of Treatment Services
Other: Organizational change to improve the implementation of evidence-based practices.

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Organizational Factors Influencing Practice Improvement in Community Based

Further study details as provided by Virginia Commonwealth University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Survey [ Time Frame: Pre and post intervention ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Data from database of client information [ Time Frame: Pre and post intervention ]

Enrollment: 910
Study Start Date: August 2008
Study Completion Date: May 2010
Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Other: Organizational change to improve the implementation of evidence-based practices.
    Some sites will receive assistance with the creation and implementation of an organizational development plan.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Substance abuse staff members (who work with adults) working at Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) and its contracted providers
  • Clients seen at RBHA and its contracted providers during specific periods, who are at least 18 years of age

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Being under 18 years of age
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00746577

United States, Virginia
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23219
Sponsors and Collaborators
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: James C May, PhD Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA)
  More Information

Responsible Party: Virginia Commonwealth University Identifier: NCT00746577     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01DA022081 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: September 3, 2008
Last Updated: February 21, 2012 processed this record on April 28, 2017