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Completion rates and psychosocial intervention effectiveness in an Australian substance use therapeutic community

Overview of attention for article published in Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, September 2018
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Title
Completion rates and psychosocial intervention effectiveness in an Australian substance use therapeutic community
Published in
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, September 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13011-018-0170-5
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Michael Harley, Sabrina Winona Pit, Trent Rees, Susan Thomas

Abstract

Program attrition is a major problem in substance use treatment. It is not clear which client and treatment variables are related to successful completion. This study aimed to identify client variables associated with Therapeutic Community (TC) completion. A secondary aim was to investigate changes in entry and exit scores on psychosocial outcome measures. Retrospective quantitative analysis of data collected from 193 Australian TC residents, over 3.5 years. Variables measured included: demographics; Depression, Anxiety, Stress Score (DASS-21) and World Health Organisation Quality of Life 8 questions (WHOQOL-8). Completion rates were 30.6%. High Money WHOQOL-8 scores, suggestive of minimal financial stressors, positively predicted completion. Multivariate analyses showed that negative predictors of completion were: amphetamine being primary substance of concern, aggression, high Relationship WHOQOL-8 scores, suggestive of positive relationships, and younger or older age. Those in the program demonstrated clinically significant psychological improvement and significant improvement in all quality of life scores over time. The degree of psychometric improvement was most pronounced in those who completed the course, with the exception of depression, stress, and money problems. The findings provide an understanding of specific predictors of program completion which may help to identify high-risk clients and inform program improvement. Early attrition rates may be reduced by monitoring and supporting high-risk clients. Overall, psychometric improvement occurred amongst both completers and non-completers overtime but is most prominent amongst course completers, with the exception of depression, stress, and money problems. Future research could potentially focus on amphetamine users and shortened TC programs, focusing on acute psychosocial intervention.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 84 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 13 15%
Student > Bachelor 10 12%
Researcher 6 7%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 6%
Lecturer 3 4%
Other 8 10%
Unknown 39 46%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 16 19%
Nursing and Health Professions 10 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 8 10%
Social Sciences 4 5%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 2 2%
Other 6 7%
Unknown 38 45%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 17. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 24 December 2018.
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