Making the Most of Medical Care. Effectiveness Bank Alcohol Treatment Matrix Cell C3

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Selected, explained and discussed – key research on management of medical interventions and treatment in medical settings. Highlights the remarkable transformation of a US clinic in the 1950s by an open-minded manager, whose overarching strategy was “placing the responsibility for achieving a therapeutic alliance on the caretaker rather than the patient”. Then addresses three key issues for managers:
- They differ greatly in how well their patients do – but how do you identify effective clinicians?
- Worth ‘stepping up’ to more intensive treatment if initial treatment fails, or just a waste of yet more resources?
- Mainly trial and error, or can research tell us which patients do best on which medication?

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One of 25 cells in the Alcohol Treatment Matrix mapping seminal and key research and guidance on alcohol brief interventions and treatment.

“The best one-stop site for all current research into a range of alcohol and drug issues. The treatment matrices are invaluable in terms of making most efficient use of time.”
John Thayers, Recovery and Quality Improvement Officer, Midlothian and East Lothian Drugs and Alcohol Partnership (MELDAP), Scotland


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