Responding to treatment dropout: a review of controlled trials and suggested future directions

Pulford, Justin, Adams, Peter and Sheridan, Janie (2010) Responding to treatment dropout: a review of controlled trials and suggested future directions. Addiction Research and Theory, 18 3: 298-315. doi:10.3109/16066350903151385


Author Pulford, Justin
Adams, Peter
Sheridan, Janie
Title Responding to treatment dropout: a review of controlled trials and suggested future directions
Journal name Addiction Research and Theory   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1606-6359
1476-7392
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3109/16066350903151385
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 298
End page 315
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Abstract This article reviews the evidence in support of current treatment dropout responses designed for use in outpatient, psychosocial-based alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment settings. A total of 17 publications meeting the inclusion criteria were identified for this review, reporting findings from 19 randomised controlled trials or controlled clinical trials. The methodological quality of these studies was largely sound; however, a lack of contextual information made it difficult to generalise the reported findings across treatment settings and the effectiveness of the reported strategies was modest at best. Future possibilities in dropout response research are subsequently discussed and a novel conceptual framework, termed treatment-fit, is described in detail. It is anticipated that the findings and ideas presented in this article will assist AOD treatment providers formulate an informed response to client dropout. It is also the authors’ intention to promote a fundamental shift in how treatment dropout is understood. Achieving such a shift, as will be argued, may result in a truly effective response to treatment dropout.
Keyword Addiction
Dropout
Retention
Review
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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