Blending research and practice: An evolving dissemination strategy in substance abuse

Mary Ellen Michel, Denise A. Pintello, Geetha Subramaniam

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Substance abuse is a leading cause of death and disability throughout the world. The mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is to lead the United States in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components: (a) strategic support of research across a broad range of disciplines and (b) rapid, effective dissemination of research results that can improve prevention and treatment efforts, with potential to inform policy. The NIDA Clinical Trials Network and the Blending Initiative are critical elements of this strategy, and the social work field is poised to use these resources to expand its role in the dissemination and implementation of NIDA's mission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-312
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - May 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Blending Initiative
  • clinical trials
  • community practice
  • dissemination
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)


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