Drug program evaluation: outcome measures

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This paper outlines a method of outcome evaluation which allows for a client to be tracked throughout a treatment episode, so that a client's behavioral status can be assessed while remaining in treatment. This method is congruent with the treatment philosophy which underpins most drug abuse programs. It is illustrated that the Client Oriented Data Acquisition Process (CODAP) which is currently employed to collect data to be used to evaluate the effectiveness of drug abuse therapy violates the theoretical assumptions of the out-patient treatment environment, which can result in the effectiveness of drug treatment being seriously underestimated. Since program evaluation is gaining in importance in drug abuse programs it is suggested that this tracking method be employed for that purpose, in that even as a 'quickie' evaluation methodology it will produce more accurate data for evaluation purposes than the CODAP system, simply due to the fact than an internal tracking system is consistent with the treatment assumptions of the out-patient therapeutic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-314
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Drug Education
Volume9
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1979
Externally publishedYes

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Drug Evaluation
Program Evaluation
drug abuse
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
drug
data acquisition
evaluation
Substance-Related Disorders
Outpatients
Therapeutics
methodology
Drug Therapy
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)

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Drug program evaluation : outcome measures. / Murphy, John W.

In: Journal of Drug Education, Vol. 9, No. 4, 01.12.1979, p. 309-314.

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