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Comments Deadline Extended for Online Substance Abuse Training Program

An additional 30 days have been added

The National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has extended the date for filing comments on a plan to evaluate the effectiveness of an online substance abuse skills training program for primary care physicians (PCPs).

On Dec. 1, 2010 NIDA posted a Federal Register notice—Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Online Skills Training for PCPs on Substance Abuse—allowing an additional 30 days for public comment on a proposed rule published on the Federal Register on July 28, 2010.

The online skills training for PCPs on substance abuse is a new program developed with funding from NIDA, and its primary goal is to assess the impact of the training program on PCP’s knowledge, attitude, intended behavior and clinical skills on substance abuse, the notice says.

The program also seeks to assess learner satisfaction with the program. If the program is a success, there will be a new, proven resource available to PCPs to improve their ability to assess and treat substance abuse disorders, according to the notice. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, information will be collected from PCPs before exposure to the web based materials in a “pre-test”; after exposure to the web based materials in a “post-test”; and four to six weeks after the program has been completed in a follow-up.

The deadline for comments is 30 days from the date of the Dec. 1 notice. Written comments and/or suggestions should be directed to the: White House Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, OIRA or by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: Desk Officer for NIH.

To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact: Quandra Scudder, Project Officer, NIH/NIDA/CCTN, Room 3105, MSC 9557, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892-9557 or email your request, including your address to: