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Outcome of psychological treatment of patients with substance use disorders in routine care
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Region Östergötland, Vrinnevisjukhuset, Norrköping.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Substance Use, ISSN 1465-9891, E-ISSN 1475-9942, Vol. 22, no 3, 343-352 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: More knowledge is needed about outcome of treatments in routine care for patients with substance use disorders (SUDs). These patients often suffer from psychological distress in addition to SUDs. Objectives: To evaluate the effects of community-based psychological treatment on SUD patients’ psychosocial problems, as well as on their substance use. Design: All patients who were referred or self-referred for psychological treatment to a social worker or a psychotherapist at three outpatient treatment centers for SUD patients were asked to participate in the study. Methods: Ratings at treatment start and end were obtained on Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation - Outcome Measure (CORE-OM, n = 100), Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test - Consumption (AUDIT-C, n = 49), and Drug Use Disorders Identification Test - Consumption (DUDIT-C, n = 27). Results: CORE-OM mean scores were significantly improved. In total 14% of the patients were recovered, 10% improved, and 5% deteriorated. Both AUDIT-C and DUDIT-C mean scores were significantly improved for patients with alcohol use and patients using illicit drugs, respectively. Conclusions: Routine psychological treatment had positive effects on psychological distress as well as on reduction of substance use. A substantial number of patients remained however unchanged, particularly regarding psychological distress. More studies with larger patient groups are needed to develop treatment for SUD patients in routine care.

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Cardiff, Wales, UK: Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 22, no 3, 343-352 p.
Keyword [en]
CORE-OM, SUD, psychological distress, co-occuring disorder, practice-based study
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-137493DOI: 10.1080/14659891.2016.1200149ISI: 000400762600018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-137493DiVA: diva2:1096482
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Medical Research Council of Southeast Sweden (FORSS), 184241
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Funding agencies: Medical Research Council of Southeast Sweden [FORSS-184241]; Department of Dependency Disorders, Vrinnevi Hospital, Norrkping; Region Council in Ostergotland, Sweden

Available from: 2017-05-17 Created: 2017-05-17 Last updated: 2017-06-13Bibliographically approved

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