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STUDY 2010 HTM file
Planned and unplanned discharge from alcohol services in Scotland, 2004–2008

In the mid-2000s over 50% of terminated alcohol treatment episodes in Scotland ended with the client or patient dropping out. Considerable variation between regions suggests there is room for improvement and with it improvement in the cost effectiveness of services.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Developing and validating process measures of health care quality

Finding that a retention benchmark like that used for years in Britain was only loosely related to patient improvement led a US health service to start a comprehensive search for better indicators. Intensity of contact in the first month best predicted which services most benefited their patients.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
The Alcohol Concern Smart Recovery Pilot Project final evaluation report

Austerity plus recovery plus curtailed treat equals more mutual aid is the formula for ways out of dependence in the post-credit crunch 2010s. But with only 12-step groups, the offer is limited. What will it take for a cognitive-behavioural alternative to flourish in England was the question for this pilot project.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Scoping study of interventions for offenders with alcohol problems in community justice settings

Investigates what outside prison is being done in Scotland to meet the needs of problem drinking offenders by criminal justice and other services, and assesses whether local arrangements measure up to the size and nature of the task. Non-evidence based funding and the need to develop integrated care pathways emerged as key issues.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Alcohol services in prisons: an unmet need

Prison inspections and surveys of prisoners and staff in England reveal a "depressing picture" of "very limited" services for problem drinking inmates, which leave them with poor prospects on release.

REVIEW 2010 HTM file
Assessing user perceptions of staff training requirements in the substance use workforce: a review of the literature

Reviews the literature on what qualities and competences service users would like to see developed in the staff who counsel and treat them; above all it seems, a "positive and humanistic attitude" towards the user.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 171Kb
Matching resources to needs is key to achieving 'wrap-around' care objectives

Linking treatment intake assessments to a computerised guide to local welfare and medical services transformed the assessments from redundant paperwork into a practical route to the reintegration services being advocated in Britain – and treatment completion rates doubled.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 103Kb
Offenders do better in treatment if sanctions credible and clear

Offenders in New York ordered to the same residential therapeutic communities stayed longer and later committed fewer crimes if sent by criminal justice programmes which had credible sanctions and ensured offenders understand these and knew they were being monitored.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 195Kb
Abused women gain more from holistic counselling

A major US government project found that women with substance use and mental health problems and traumatised by a history of sexual or physical abuse benefited most from services which offered integrated counselling addressing all these issues.

IN PRACTICE 2005 PDF file 813Kb
Wet day centres in Britain part 2: Care Control Challenge

Part 2 of our mini-series on wet day centres in Britain will ring bells not just for alcohol workers but also for drug workers in needle exchanges and drop-in services. Maureen Crane and Tony Warnes analyse what it takes to work productively in one of the most challenging of settings.


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