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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2017) Alcohol Matrix cell E3: Treatment systems - medical treatment. London: Drug and Alcohol Findings and the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium. 4 p.

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The Alcohol Treatment Matrix is concerned with the treatment of alcohol-related problems among adults (another deals with drug-related problems). It maps the treatment universe and for each sub-territory (a cell) lists the most important UK-relevant research and guidance. Across the top, columns move from specific interventions through how their impacts are affected by the widening contexts of practitioners, management, the organisation, and whole local area treatment systems. Down the rows are the major intervention types implemented at these levels. Inside each cell is our pick of the most important documents relevant to the impact of that intervention type at that contextual level. 

What is cell E3 about?

About the roles of medical services and interventions within alcohol problem treatment systems implemented across an administrative area. In particular, their contributions to an effective and cost-effective mix of services which offers patients/clients attractive access points and appropriate options for moving between services or using them together. Achieving this involves commissioning, contracting and purchasing decisions to meet local needs in the context of resource constraints and national policy. Activities include: needs assessment; restructuring or re-tendering services; contractual requirements on services to demonstrate evidence-based practice, meet standards, and implement performance monitoring; and financial or other rewards/sanctions linked to activity, quality or outcomes. Research on these issues is rarely of the ‘gold standard’ randomised-controlled-trial format, and work focusing on medical services is rare, but we can fall back on the studies and reviews which deal with the same issues across alcohol treatment in cell E2.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder treatment method, Education and training
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:January 2017
Pages:4 p.
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings and the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium
Corporate Creators:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:B Substances > Alcohol
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care delivery
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care administration
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care administration > Health care quality control
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development
N Communication, information and education > Information transfer > Information transfer from research to practice

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