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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2018) Drug Treatment Matrix cell E3: Treatment systems - medical treatment. London: Drug and Alcohol Findings. 2 p.

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The Drug Treatment Matrix is concerned with the treatment of problems related to the use of illegal drugs by adults (another deals with alcohol-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 staff, the management of the service, and the nature of the organisation, to the impact of local area treatment systems. Down the rows are the major intervention types implemented at these levels.   

What is cell E3 about?

The roles of medical services and interventions within treatment systems implemented across an administrative area; in particular, their role in creating 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 in parallel. Involves commissioning, contracting and purchasing decisions to meet local needs in the context of resource constraints and national policy. Activities include: assessing the need for different kinds of services; 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 functions 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 in cell E2 which deal with the same topic across drug dependence treatment systems as a whole.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder treatment method, Education and training, Rehabilitation/Recovery
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:April 2018
Pages:2 p.
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Corporate Creators:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Place of Publication:London
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care delivery
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 > Organisational development
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development > Workforce / staff skills and training
N Communication, information and education > Information transfer > Information transfer from research to practice
T Demographic characteristics > Substance or health care worker

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