Drugs: the complete collection

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Drugs: the complete collection

All Effectiveness Bank analyses to date of documents related to use and problem use of illegal drugs starting with the analyses most recently added or updated, totalling today 807 documents.

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STUDY 2020 HTM file
Comparative effectiveness of different treatment pathways for opioid use disorder

Wakeman S.E., Larochelle M.R., Ameli O. et al.
JAMA Network Open, 2020, 3(2), e1920622.
[Consultation draft subject to amendment and correction.] How do different opioid treatment pathways compare under real-world conditions? For US patients with health insurance, opioid substitution therapies were associated with the greatest risk reduction. However, its protective effect may not be fully realised while federal and insurance plan restrictions limit access to this treatment option.

STUDY 2012 HTM file
Housing first for severely mentally ill homeless methadone patients

Appel P.W., Tsemberis S., Joseph H. et al.
Journal of Addictive Diseases: 2012, 31, p. 270–277.
Homelessness is a significant obstacle to regular participation in methadone maintenance treatment, particularly among people leaving prison. This study in a major US city examines whether a ‘housing first’ programme could improve outcomes among this cohort.

REVIEW 2019 HTM file
A meta-analysis of the efficacy of case management for substance use disorders: a recovery perspective

Vanderplasschen W., Rapp R.C., De Maeyer J. et al.
Frontiers in Psychiatry: 2019, 10(186).
[Consultation draft subject to amendment and correction.] How does an intervention designed to enhance coordination and continuity of services, known as ‘case management’, compare to treatment as usual? And, is there any evidence to suggest that it can directly or indirectly improve recovery outcomes?

STUDY 2019 HTM file
Modelling the combined impact of interventions in averting deaths during a synthetic-opioid overdose epidemic

Irvine M.A., Kuo M., Buxton J.A. et al.
Addiction: 2019, 114, p. 1602–1613.
[Consultation draft subject to amendment and correction.] In a Canadian region that declared a public health emergency over a rapid increase in drug overdoses, to what degree were three key substance use interventions saving lives? Study shows what actually happened and what would have happened in the absence of take-home naloxone, opioid substitution therapy, and drug consumption rooms.

DOCUMENT 2019 HTM file
Canadian guidelines on opioid use disorder among older adults

Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health
Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health, 2019
What Canadian experts judged to be the best clinical practice around the prevention, assessment, and treatment of opioid use disorders in older people.

DOCUMENT 2019 HTM file
Canadian guidelines on cannabis use disorder among older adults

Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health
Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health, 2019
What Canadian experts judged to be the best clinical practice around the prevention, assessment, and treatment of cannabis use disorders in older people.

STUDY 2015 HTM file
The impact of paying treatment providers for outcomes: difference-in-differences analysis of the ‘payment by results for drugs recovery’ pilot

Mason T., Sutton M., Whittaker W. et al
Addiction: 2015, 110(7), p. 1120–1128.
A flagship drug treatment policy initiative appears to have backfired in England, where the government’s pilot payment-by-results schemes seem to have led to fewer successful completions of treatment and more prospective patients declining treatment.

HOT TOPIC 2020 HTM file
What about evidence-based commissioning?

Ashton M.
‘Hot topics’ offer background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. In the UK the landscape of drug and alcohol service commissioning to meet need in an area has radically altered – a leap in the dark illuminated only dimly by prior evidence and current evaluations.

COLLECTION 2020 HTM file
Focus on women

‘Collections’ are customised Effectiveness Bank searches not available via the standard options in the search pages. How do women’s substance use problems, needs and outcomes differ from those of men? Marking International Women’s Day 2020, this collection search mainly retrieves treatment research but includes some prevention analyses.

MATRIX CELL 2018 HTM file
Drug Treatment Matrix cell D2: Organisational functioning: Generic and cross-cutting issues

Ashton M.
Key studies on the how the characteristics and functioning of treatment organisations affect implementation and effectiveness. Learn to see the organisational context as part of the treatment, about two evidence-based US quality improvement resources, and consider what makes treatment services engaging and whether they should extend that engagement into long-term continuing care. See the remaining four cells in row 2 of the matrix for more on generic features of medical and psychosocial therapies.


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