A recent report, “Advancing Recovery: Implementing Evidence-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorders at the Systems Level”, examined the process and outcomes of Advancing Recovery—a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative—to overcome barriers to implementing evidence-based treatments within alcohol and drug treatment systems.
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The researchers conducted a 3-year, mixed-method study of treatment systems as well as two evidence-based practices: medication-assisted treatment and continuing care management.
Key findings included:
-Most sites achieved a measurable increase in the numbers of patients served with evidence-based practices, up from a baseline of virtually no use.
-Rates of adopting medication-based treatments were higher than those for continuing care management.
-Partnerships used a menu of top-down and bottom-up strategies that varied in speciﬁcs across sites but shared a general process of incremental testing and piecemeal adaptation.
The study suggests that supported partnerships between providers and policymakers can achieve wider adoption of evidence based treatment practices.
This report was created in partnership between the School of Medicine at the University of California, the School of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, the Institute for Behavioral Research, at the University of Georgia, and the school of Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, and was authored by: Laura A. Schmidt, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.H., Traci Rieckmann, Ph.D., M.S., Amanda Abraham, Ph.D., Todd Molfenter, Ph.D., Victor Capoccia, Ph.D., Paul Roman, Ph.D., David H. Gustafson, Ph.D., and Dennis Mccarty, Ph.D.
To download this report, visit: http://www.niatx.net/pdf/resources/AR_JSAD.pdf
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Updated: June 12 2012