One size does not fit all: A NIDA CTN inspired model for community engaged cultural adaptation

Ann Kathleen Burlew, Caravella McCuistian, Danni Lanaway, Mary Hatch-Maillette, Donna Shambley-Ebron

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The NIDA National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (NIDA CTN) is devoted to the development of effective interventions for people who use substances across a variety of populations. When positive outcomes of a particular intervention do not generalize to other groups, adaptation may improve effectiveness for a different target group. However, currently limited information is available for involving community participation in cultural adaptation. The current paper illustrates the evolution of our methodology for community engaged cultural adaptation by describing a series of sexual health and substance use interventions. We highlight the transition from minimal community involvement (the Delphi process), to moderate community involvement (theater testing), to full community engagement in cultural adaptation. Ultimately, the results of these three projects led to the development of Community Collaborative Cultural Adaptation, a novel and concrete approach to cultural adaptation. This approach emphasizes the advantage of establishing academic/community partnerships for cultural adaptation to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-33
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
StatePublished - Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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