Nearly every month, a new set of articles from the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) are made available for free, full-text, in PubMed Central, as per the NIH Public Access Policy, which requires all NIH-funded research be made freely available within a year of publication.
Two articles written by authors from the Pacific Northwest Node have joined the list of free articles in PubMed Central this month:
Motivational and Skills Training HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infection Sexual Risk Reduction Groups for Men — Calsyn DA, Hatch-Maillette MA, Tross S, et al. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2009;37:138-150.
This paper presents the primary outcomes of CTN-0018, which evaluated the effectiveness of a motivational and skills training HIV/AIDS group intervention for men in substance abuse treatment, finding it more effective in reducing sexual risk than a standard, one-hour HIV education session.
Agency Context and Tailored Training in Technology Transfer: A Pilot Evaluation of Motivational Interviewing Training for Community Counselors — Baer SJ, Wells EA, Rosengren DA, et al. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2009;37(2):191-202.
This study evaluated a context-tailored training model that used standardized patient actors and role-play to determine if such a technique is effective in training counselors in new evidence-based practices (here, motivational interviewing). Outcomes suggest tailored training methods may not produce better results than traditional workshops.