Last updated on February 2020

We The Village Family Support Study


Brief description of study

The United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis. Over-prescription of opioid analgesic pain relievers contributed to a rapid escalation of use and misuse of these substances across the country. In 2016, more than 2.6 million Americans were diagnosed with opioid use disorder (OUD) and more than 42,000 have died of overdose involving opioids. This death rate is more than any year on record and has quadrupled since 1999 (1,2). Leveraging the potential of available data bases and health IT technologies may help to combat opioid crisis by targeting various aspects of the problem ranging from the prevention of opioid misuse to OUD treatment. NIH through NIDA solicits the research and development of data-driven solutions and services that focus on issues related to opioid use prevention, opioid use, opioid overdose prevention or OUD treatment.

In this project, We The Village, Inc. will address a need to prepare Concerned Significant Others (CSOs) to best use their influence over the trajectory of a loved one's OUD. CSOs are motivated to help, make majority of treatment decisions and payments and have influence over treatment entry and thus, impact the trajectory of an OUD. The project goal is to develop digital delivery of Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT) methodology, an empirical family behavioral intervention to improve outcomes around treatment entry, family functioning and substance use.

Detailed Study Description

The primary objective of the proposed Phase I work is to determine the feasibility of delivering Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT) principles via scalable digital coaching methods and determine its efficacy based on measured outcomes. The Contractor will work with CRAFT experts and researchers to achieve the specific aims below.

Technical Objectives 1. Modify the WTV platform to produce a CRAFT-informed automated prototype and protocol for live coaching.

Technical Objectives 2. Test prototype usability and reliability to deliver the protocol, and make any refinements needed.

Technical Objectives 3. Demonstrate prototype efficacy. Testing three digital scenarios: A. Automated CRAFT, B. CRAFT Coach, C. Peer support, the current WTV platform interaction.

As a result, when tested at baseline versus post-intervention, the team anticipates CRAFT conditions (Coach and Automated) to achieve better outcomes than the peer condition in a) treatment entry, b) Concerned Significant Others (CSO) health and wellbeing, c) CSO and identified patient relationship, d) CRAFT adeptness.

Results will substantiate the case for Phase II roll out of the platform at scale, plus commercialization and dissemination through our existing and growing network of partners.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT04250077

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