Northwest Pennsylvania Adolescent Alcohol Research Cooperative NPAARC

  • The Northwest Pennsylvania Adolescent Alcohol Research Cooperative (NPAARC) is a grant funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).  NPAARC is a collaborative research project which includes members from the Pittsburgh Adolescent Alcohol Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh, Western Psychiatric Institute Clinic, and the Center for Rural Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and primary care providers (PCP) in an eight county area of rural Pennsylvania including McKean, Warren, Potter, Forest, Elk, Cameron, Clearfield, and Jefferson.  This project develops the research capacity of primary health care systems in rural northwestern Pennsylvania for addressing alcohol use and related problems in the age group of 12 to 20 year olds.  NPAARC has been building the cooperative’s research infrastructure through various projects, including:   

    1. A survey of area PCP’s on their alcohol-related practices and attitudes on underage drinking. 
    1. Focus groups of PCP’s, adolescents and parents further exploring adolescent alcohol use in area communities and factors affecting the use of screening and intervention tools in rural primary care practice. 
    1. The development and implementation of our Computer Assisted Decision Support for Underage Drinkers (CADSUD) in PCP offices, and evaluation of the influence of this decision support system on PCP assessment and referral practices and adolescent adherence to PCP recommendations over a one-month, two-month and one-year follow-up period. 

           4.  Twelve months of CADSUD maintenance support and utilization monitoring to determine the sustainability of the approach.


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