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MATRIX CELL 2018 HTM file
Drug Treatment Matrix cell B3: Practitioners; Medical treatment

Seminal and key research and reviews on the influence of the practitioner in the medical treatment of drug dependence. Investigates the how clinician-patient relationships might be affected by enforcing clinic rules and the potential importance of doctors forming a “whole person’ relationship with patients.

STUDY 2008 HTM file 9Kb
Helping drug treatment patients find work pays (some) dividends in Scotland

Scotland's DORIS project found that providing employment-related support as part of the addiction treatment package improved the employment prospects of at least a minority of patients.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Problem drug users’ experiences of employment and the benefit system

Substantial barriers to employment were revealed by interviews with problem drug users in England currently or recently in treatment and with staff who worked with drug users. Includes review of relevant international research.

REVIEW 2004 PDF file 909Kb
The power of the welcoming reminder

Part 1 of the Manners Matter series. In seemingly mundane tasks like reminding patients of appointments and checking how they are doing after they leave, individualised and welcoming communications characterise retention-enhancing services.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 102Kb
More patients drop out after long waits for methadone prescribing

Combined implications of two British studies are that the longer someone waits for methadone treatment, the less likely they are to start it, and even if they do, they will have spent longer at risk from dependent heroin use.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
What is the role of harm reduction when drug users say they want abstinence?

A team including one of the researchers responsible for the original finding have queried the interpretation of the highly influential report from a national Scottish study that most drug users starting treatment wanted to become abstinent. On the basis of in-depth interviews, they caution that it is just not that simple.

HOT TOPIC 2016 HTM file
What do the patients want?

‘Hot topics’ offer background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Focus is the apparently iconoclastic finding from a Scottish national treatment study that abstinence is the sole drug-focused goal for most patients in drug treatment: “At best these extrapolations were sloppy, at worst, deliberately misleading.”

MATRIX CELL 2017 HTM file
Drug Treatment Matrix cell A2: Interventions; Generic and cross-cutting issues

Seminal and key studies on features common to psychosocial therapy/support and medical treatment. Investigates where treatment is aiming to get to in the form of ‘recovery’, where it starts from as depicted in the brain-disease model of addiction, and the politics of the two most important British drug treatment studies.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Long-term outcomes of aftercare participation following various forms of drug abuse treatment in Scotland

On several measures, the few drug dependent patients who accessed aftercare after treatment in Scotland in the early 2000s did better than the majority who chose to or were left to fend on their own – but could this be attributed to the aftercare, or would they have done well anyway?

DOCUMENT 2013 HTM file
Rewarding virtue

Can we dispense with counselling, therapy, treatment as we know it, and just punish or deprive patients of rewards when they use substances in undesired ways, and reward them when they behave as we/they would wish? British services are trialling an approach about which many clinicians express major ethical concerns – contingency management.


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