National survey of alcohol treatment agencies in England: characteristics of treatment agencies

Rose, A. K. et al. (2011) National survey of alcohol treatment agencies in England: characteristics of treatment agencies. Journal of Substance Use, 16(6), pp. 407-421. (doi:10.3109/14659891003721125)

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Abstract

Background: To map and contact all specialist alcohol treatment services in England and to investigate the characteristics of responding agencies. Methods: A national cross-sectional survey of alcohol treatment agencies in England. A questionnaire was designed to gather information about agency characteristics, including the service structure, staffing, modalities of treatment, and associated funding. Results: A total of 696 alcohol treatment agencies were mapped, of which 388 (55.7%) responded to the survey. Variations in agency characteristics were noticed across geographical regions, as well as across sectors. The estimated annual spending on alcohol treatment was £217 million. Conclusions: Whereas the regional variation in agency characteristics has implications for access to particular types of treatment, the inter-sector variation has implications for the allocation of funding. The estimated annual spending of £217 million is greater than previous national estimates. A national framework for alcohol service mapping could benefit identification of areas for improvement and lead to more successful treatment outcomes.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heriot-Maitland, Dr Charles
Authors: Rose, A. K., Winfield, H., Jenner, J. H., Oyefeso, A., Phillips, T. S., Deluca, P., Perryman, K. A., Heriot-Maitland, C., Galea, S., Cheeta, S., Saunders, V., and Drummond, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Substance Use
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1465-9891
ISSN (Online):1475-9942
Published Online:01 December 2010

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