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Drum-Assisted Therapy for Native Americans

This study has been terminated.
(Study period is over and recruitment was stopped due to time constraints.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Daniel Dickerson, University of California, Los Angeles Identifier:
First received: April 26, 2011
Last updated: January 26, 2016
Last verified: January 2016
Drum-Assisted Recovery Therapy for Native Americans (DARTNA) is an R-21 NIH/NCCAM-funded study aimed to complete the development and pilot a new substance abuse treatment protocol utilizing drumming for American Indians/Alaska Natives with substance use disorders. The study includes activities to complete the protocol, followed by a randomized-controlled clinical trial.

Condition Intervention Phase
Substance Use Disorders
Behavioral: DARTNA
Behavioral: Treatment-As-Usual
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Drum-Assisted Recovery Therapy for Native Americans

Further study details as provided by University of California, Los Angeles:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Drug and Alcohol Use as a Measure of Treatment Effectiveness [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline in Drug and Alcohol use at 6 months ]
    Urine drug screens and breathalyzers will be obtained from patients in order to determine their recent drug and alcohol use.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Knowledge of Alcoholics Anonymous Concepts as a Measure of Protocol Comprehension [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline in Knowledge of Alcoholics Anonymous at 12 weeks ]
    The General Alcoholics Anonymous Tools of Recovery (GAATOR 2.1) will be provided in order to determine and track patient's knowledge of the 12-steps during their participation in the DARTNA treatment program.

  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Characteristics as Measured by the Addiction Severity Index, Native American Version and Brief Symptom Inventory. [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline in Mental Health and psychosocial characteristics at 6 months ]
    The Addiction Severity Index, Native American Version will be utilized to assess problem severity in alcohol use, drug use, employment, family and social relationships, legal, psychological, and medical status. In addition, additional information with regards to mental health characteristics will be obtained from the Brief Symptom Inventory.

Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: August 2012
Primary Completion Date: August 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Treatment-As-Usual
Substance Abuse treatment typically received
Behavioral: Treatment-As-Usual
Participants will receive typical substance abuse behavior treatment interventions typically provided to patients including individual counseling, group therapy, and standard culturally-based interventions.
Experimental: DARTNA
12-week DARTNA program
Behavioral: DARTNA
3-hour protocol provided 2x/week over 12 weeks

Detailed Description:
During year 1, this study consists of a series of focus groups conducted among American Indians/Alaska Natives with substance use disorders, providers serving AI/ANs with substance use disorders, and a Community Advisory Board. These focus groups are conducted in order to obtain feedback with regard to the initial DARTNA treatment protocol. These focus groups are then followed by a pretest of DARTNA among 10 AI/ANs with substance use disorders followed by a series of focus groups to finalize the development of DARTNA. During year 2, a randomized controlled will be conducted among 30 AI/ANs receiving the DARTNA treatment protocol vs. 30 AI/ANs receiving treatment-as-usual at United American Indian Involvement, Inc. in Los Angeles.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • meeting Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association, 2000) criteria of current alcohol or drug abuse or dependence
  • self-identifying as at least ¼ American Indian/Alaska Native heritage
  • seeking treatment for alcohol or drug abuse
  • being at least 18 years old. Clients will be assessed for suitability for outpatient treatment.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • have a psychiatric conditions that is not suitable for outpatient treatment (e.g., if they require inpatient rehabilitation treatment, have significant psychiatric disorders, require medical detoxification, or have significant medical problems)
  • have a current suicidal ideation/plan as assessed by the ASI or BSI
  • are mandated by the court to obtain treatment for substance abuse where such mandate requires the results of urine toxicology tests to be reported to the court
  • expectation that the participant will fail to complete the study protocol due to probable incarceration or relocation from the clinic area.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01356667

United States, California
United American Indian Involvement, Inc.
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90017
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: Daniel L Dickerson, D.O., M.P.H. University of California, Los Angeles
  More Information

Responsible Party: Daniel Dickerson, Assistant Research Psychiatrist, University of California, Los Angeles Identifier: NCT01356667     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DARTNA
Study First Received: April 26, 2011
Results First Received: May 19, 2014
Last Updated: January 26, 2016

Keywords provided by University of California, Los Angeles:
American Indians
Native Americans
substance abuse

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on May 22, 2017