Post-incarceration addiction treatment: Study to integrate TryCycle as digital assessment platform
Gathering data to understand barriers and facilitators of individuals with opioid use disorder transitioning from jail to the community
February 27, 2020
CONNECTICUT - Researchers will use TryCycle Data Systems as a data collection method for people with opioid use disorder transitioning from jail to the community. Specifically, TryCycle’s HIPAA-compliant, addiction, mental health, and infectious disease digital platform, will collect data and insights from study participants to support this research.
The study is a five-year research project supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) that seeks to improve opioid addiction treatment in criminal justice settings.
Justice-involved populations are disproportionately affected by opioid use disorder. As people transition back into their communities after leaving a criminal justice facility, the risk of a drug overdose is eight times higher than the general population. The study will be part of the National Institutes of Health’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) initiative to speed the development and implementation of scientific solutions to the national opioid public health crisis.
Study participants will utilize TryCycle’s digital platform to collect ecological momentary assessments, by facilitating real-time snapshots of an individual’s physical, mental, physiological, environmental and sociological state. TryCycle will enable private, secure and confidential data collection of individual responses to pre-defined research questions. The research data will provide important insights, relevant to the experience of engaging in Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) treatment by former prisoners. Discrimination, psychosocial stress, health, and socioeconomic factors will be evaluated by researchers conducting the study.
TryCycle will work with the school to develop appropriate procedures for data collection, processing, storage and analysis to ensure the confidentiality of data.
The technology approach and digital assessment platform designed by TryCycle for this study, will assist in gathering important data to better understand organizational barriers and facilitators that support engagement in OUD treatment.
Kelly Gregoire, Vice President Operations
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