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Alcohol Matrix cell B3: Practitioners; Medical treatment

S Willingness to work with alcoholics affects engagement (1996). See also related paper from same study (1996). At an English alcohol treatment clinic assessment workers differed greatly in how many of their patients went on to engage with treatment; how committed they were to working with drinkers affected therapeutic relationships and engagement.

S It's the way you say it (1970). Final step of a remarkable series of studies from the late 1950s found that a doctor's warmth and concern expressed towards alcoholics was strongly related to whether a year before their patients had followed through on their referral from a US emergency department to the same hospital's alcohol treatment clinic.

K Doctor's optimism and flexibility improve outcomes (2008). In this US study what made the difference to patients' drinking and clinical progress was how far the clinician maintained confident optimism and responded to the patient rather than strictly adhering to a treatment manual.

K Patients do best when they feel GPs know them and communicate well (2007). US patients referred to primary care after detoxification reduced alcohol problems most when they saw doctors they trusted, they felt knew them as a whole person, and who probed/communicated thoroughly and well.

R Clinicians' impact on treatment quality (2000). Impacts on retention and outcome related to professional characteristics, recovery status, adherence to protocols, countertransference, alliance, personality, beliefs about treatment, and professional practice issues.

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