Economic evaluation of drug abuse treatment programs

Methodology and findings

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Abstract

Research has shown that drug abuse treatment can help many individuals. Yet funding is often lacking for treatment because these programs compete for scarce resources with other important and effective social programs. This study shows how drug abuse treatment programs can be made more attractive to decision makers and funding agencies by first highlighting why economic evaluation is a critical component of drug abuse treatment research. Next, an evaluation methodology is presented that can be followed by program staff and researchers. The evaluation methodology includes aspects of cost-and-outcome analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, and benefit-cost analysis. Methods and findings are then discussed from most of the major economic evaluation studies of drug and alcoholism treatment. Lastly, guidelines for conducting future economic evaluations are presented along with suggestions for how the results can be used for policy purposes and program planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-135
Number of pages25
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Cost-Benefit Analysis
Costs and Cost Analysis
Research
Alcoholism
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Guidelines
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Keywords

  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Drug abuse treatment
  • Economic evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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Economic evaluation of drug abuse treatment programs : Methodology and findings. / French, Michael.

In: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Vol. 21, No. 1, 1995, p. 111-135.

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