Did Payment-By-Results Really Make Things Worse? Highlight from Effectiveness Bank Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell E2

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Payment-by-results was the UK government’s favoured commissioning mechanism for improving the performance of substance use treatment services - but according to their own yardstick of success, in England it made things worse. Read about the theoretical pros and cons, then assess the evidence by unfolding the supplementary text in the payment-by-results section of last week’s matrix cell release.

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Drawn from cell E2 of the Alcohol Treatment Matrix, a resource mapping key research and guidance on alcohol brief interventions and treatment.

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Dr Michael Taylor, GP with a special interest in addictions and Clinical Director for Wellbeing and Mental Health, Heywood Middleton and Rochdale PCT, England


Sent by Drug and Alcohol Findings to alert you to site updates and recent UK-relevant evaluations and reviews of drug/alcohol interventions. Refresh of the Alcohol Treatment Matrix is funded by Alcohol Change UK. Findings is also supported by the Society for the Study of Addiction, and advised by the National Addiction Centre.