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Roberts, Marcus [UKDPC] . (2011) By their fruits… Applying payment by results to drugs recovery. London: UK Drug Policy Commission. 32 p.

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Following an expert seminar to explore the issues around applying payment by results to drug recovery, this briefing reviews the possible impacts of the introduction of this funding system for treatment and recovery services for problem drug users. It outlines how payment by results works, examines how payment by results has been used elsewhere, and discusses the issues and challenges that will affect its introduction for drug treatment.

The briefing concludes that there is wide support for a more outcome-based system of funding and purchasing services, and for a greater focus on recovery and social reintegration. The direction of travel is welcomed, but the devil is in the details. A cautious approach combined with thorough and robust evaluation is of particular importance given that the approach being taken to payment by results in recovery is going into uncharted territories and is effectively a social experiment with a particularly vulnerable group.

This work is part of a wider UKDPC project considering the impact on drug services of a move towards greater localism in a period of financial austerity.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Other
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery
Source:UKDPC
Date:2011
Pages:32 p.
Publisher:UK Drug Policy Commission
Place of Publication:London
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Natural history of substance use > Recovery
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic policy
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic aspects of substance use (cost / pricing)
F Concepts in psychology > Motivation

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