Adoption of practice guidelines and assessment tools in substance abuse treatment

Traci Rieckmann, Bret E. Fuller, Goal A. Saedi, Dennis McCarty

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Background: The gap between research and practice limits utilization of relevant, progressive and empirically validated strategies in substance abuse treatment.Methods: Participants included substance abuse treatment programs from the Northeastern United States. Structural equation models were constructed with agency level data to explore two outcome variables: adoption of practice guidelines and assessment tools at two points in time; models also included organizational, staffing and service variables.Results: In 1997, managed care involvement and provision of primary care services had the strongest association with increased use of assessment tools, which, along with provision of counseling services, were associated with a greater use of practice guidelines. In 2001, managed care involvement, counseling services and being a stand-alone drug treatment agency were associated with a greater use of assessment tools, which was in turn related to an increase in the use of practice guidelines.Conclusions: This study provides managers, clinicians and policy-makers with a framework for understanding factors related to the adoption of new technologies in substance abuse treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4
JournalSubstance Abuse: Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 26 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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