Archive for September, 2009

A Word From Our Sponsor…

September 24, 2009

We started this blog to create a new communication channel within the Pacific Northwest Node, and also as a way to reach the broader public with news about what’s going on in our Node.   We’ll include original posts as well as reprints and links to other sources, and we hope members of the PN Node will contribute posts and comments.    Do you have news to share about a protocol or CTN committee?  What’s going on at your treatment center?  Something interesting to report back from a CTN meeting or training?

Please let us know if you’re willing to be a Contributor to this blog.  You’ll need to create an  account on (easy to do, and free!),  then let us know your username so we can give you contributor access.   Once you have access, you’ll be able to post a blog item.   Posts are moderated and will be published promptly after review by the blog editor.  Or — if you don’t want to sign up with WordPress, just send your blog item as an email message, and we’ll post it for you  (also easy and free!).  You can comment on other posts just by clicking on “leave a comment” at the bottom of a post.

We hope that you enjoy and contribute to the PN Node Blog!

Nancy Sutherland & Meg Brunner,  editors, CTN Pacific Northwest Node Blog.  []


POATS Study Milestone

September 16, 2009

The Prescription Opiate Addiction Treatment Study (POATS) locked its database on September 8, just 2 months after the last patient information was entered into the InForm electronic data system.

The POATS study (CTN-0030) was carried out at 11 sites, including Providence Behavioral Health Services in the Pacific Northwest Node, and enrolled 653 participants into Phase One of the trial.  Phase Two of the study enrolled 360 participants.  Congratulations to Providence and all POATS participants!

The long-term follow-up study to POATS will follow these participants for another 42 months after the end of the main study.  It is expected to be completed in the summer of 2012.

Factor Structure of the Condoms Barriers Scale

September 4, 2009

This article in the journal Assessment was written by Pacific Northwest node members Suzanne R. Doyle, PhD, and Donald A. Calsyn, PhD, along with Samuel A. Ball, PhD from the New England node.

It assesses the psychometric properties of the Condom Barriers Scale (CBS), an instrument originally designed to measure women’s perceptions and attitudes regarding male condom use, with a sample of men at high risk for HIV.  Participants included 590 male patients involved in protocol CTN-0018.

Overall, the analysis indicated that the CBS is a potentially valid and reliable instrument with utility for assessing barriers to condom use with men, but may need some item content modifications to allow appropriate assessment of gender differences and comparisons across studies.

Citation: Doyle SR, Calsyn DA, Ball SA.  Factor structure of the Condom Barriers Scale with a sample of men at high risk for HIV.  Assessment 2009;16(1):3-15 [doi: 10.1177/1073191108322259].

Read more about this article in the CTN Dissemination Library.

Tribal Canoe Journey 2009: Paddle to Suquamish

September 1, 2009

tribalOn August 3, 2009, Carmen Rosa of the NIDA Center for the Clinical Trials Network visited the Suquamish Tribe at the Port Madison Indian Reservation in Washington to witness the landing of the canoes, part of Tribal Journeys 2009.    The Suquamish tribe is participating in the Pacific Northwest Node’s protocol CTN-0033-Ot-3, “Methamphetamine: Where Does It Fit in the Bigger Picture of Drug Use of American Indians and Alaska Native Communities and Treatment Seekers?

Tribal Journeys 2009 focused on healing, sobriety, family involvement, team work, and responsibility.  Families from home villages in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia, and as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand, started journeys in early July and ended in Suquamish for a week-long celebration, during which they shared cultures, told traditional stories, and passed along tribal teachings to the next generation.

Many thanks to Dennis Donovan, Lisa Rey Thomas, and the rest of the Pacific Northwest Node team for hosting and assisting with this important event!