Developing a Computerized Sexual Risk Assessment and Feedback Tool – CTN Platform Study

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This poster by Don Calsyn, Bryan Hartzler, Betsy Wells, and Michele Peavy (all of the Pacific Northwest Node) was presented at the 2011 College on Problems of Drug Dependence annual meeting (June 18-23, 2011).  It reports on a CTN platform study, “Being Safe in Treatment (BEST),” that aimed to develop a sexual risk assessment and feedback tool to be used in substance abuse treatment programs.  An audio computer-assisted self-interview HIV risk assessment previously used in a multi-site randomized controlled trial was modified for use as a brief assessment. A feedback report is generated that identifies a client’s risk behaviors and how they compare to normative groups. Suggestions for reducing risk behaviors are then provided.

Analysis of the results from the trial found that the BEST assessment and feedback report showed promise of increasing client-counselor discussion of sexual issues, and condom use and possession.

Citation:  Calsyn DA, Hartzler B, Wells EA, Peavy KM.  Developing a Computerized Sexual Risk Assessment and Feedback Tool for Use in Substance Abuse Treatment.  Poster presented at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) annual meeting, Hollywood, FL, June 18-23, 2011.


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