Substance abuse treatment providers' involvement in research is associated with willingness to use findings in practice

Rogério M. Pinto, Gary Yu, Anya Y. Spector, Prakash Gorroochurn, Dennis McCarty

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Abstract

Using a national sample (n = 571) of substance abuse treatment providers affiliated with the Clinical Trials Network, we examined the contribution of several factors-demographic, attitudes, and involvement in research-toward providers' willingness to use research findings in practice. The sample included medical staff, social workers, psychologists, and counselors. Using a multiple linear regression model, we examined the impact of involvement in research and willingness to use research findings in practice. Providers involved in research were more willing to use findings in practice (p < .001). Latino/Latinas were less willing (p < .05). Providers with favorable attitudes toward evidence-based practices and whose agencies supported professional growth were more willing to use findings (p < .01). Involvement in research may enhance providers' willingness to use findings in practice and improve quality of services. Results underscore the need for providing opportunities for all providers to engage in substance abuse treatment research, particularly racial/ethnic minority providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-194
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • CBPR
  • Provider involvement in research
  • Provider use of research
  • Research to practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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