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Clinically signficant change to establish benchmarks in residential drug and alcohol treatment services

Journal Article


Abstract


  • There is increasing emphasis on the use routine outcome assessment measures to

    inform quality assurance initiatives. The calculation of reliable and clinically significant

    change indices is one strategy that organizations could use to develop both internal and

    externally focused benchmarking processes. The current study aimed to develop reliable and

    clinically significant change indices for a range of commonly used outcome measures in the

    substance abuse field. Participants were attending Kedesh Rehabilitation Services, an

    Australian residential substance abuse service that also accepts people with co-occurring

    mental health problems (n0595). A range of mental health and substance use measures were

    administered to participants at intake to the service, and just prior to discharge at 7-weeks.

    Participants demonstrated statistically significant improvement across each of the measures.

    Rates of clinically significant improvement varied from 44 % to 85 % dependent on the

    criteria and outcome measure used. The calculation of clinically significant change provides

    a low cost, and relatively straightforward approach to evaluating and benchmarking program

    activities. It is likely that the results from the current study will be beneficial for other

    residential substance abuse services looking to benchmark their own program activities

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Billingham, D., Kelly, P. J., Deane, F. P., Crowe, T., Buckingham, M. S. & Craig, F. L. (2012). Clinically signficant change to establish benchmarks in residential drug and alcohol treatment services. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 10 (6), 890-901.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84871252545

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3235

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 890

End Page


  • 901

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • There is increasing emphasis on the use routine outcome assessment measures to

    inform quality assurance initiatives. The calculation of reliable and clinically significant

    change indices is one strategy that organizations could use to develop both internal and

    externally focused benchmarking processes. The current study aimed to develop reliable and

    clinically significant change indices for a range of commonly used outcome measures in the

    substance abuse field. Participants were attending Kedesh Rehabilitation Services, an

    Australian residential substance abuse service that also accepts people with co-occurring

    mental health problems (n0595). A range of mental health and substance use measures were

    administered to participants at intake to the service, and just prior to discharge at 7-weeks.

    Participants demonstrated statistically significant improvement across each of the measures.

    Rates of clinically significant improvement varied from 44 % to 85 % dependent on the

    criteria and outcome measure used. The calculation of clinically significant change provides

    a low cost, and relatively straightforward approach to evaluating and benchmarking program

    activities. It is likely that the results from the current study will be beneficial for other

    residential substance abuse services looking to benchmark their own program activities

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Billingham, D., Kelly, P. J., Deane, F. P., Crowe, T., Buckingham, M. S. & Craig, F. L. (2012). Clinically signficant change to establish benchmarks in residential drug and alcohol treatment services. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 10 (6), 890-901.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84871252545

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3235

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 890

End Page


  • 901

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United States