The mechanisms of treatment - on clients' and staff's perspective on change during treatment for alcohol problems

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2009
Funding: 1800000 SEK


The "Dodo ´bird verdict" - i.e. the general equivalence of oucomes from different modalities of psychotherapy - has constituted a major controversy within psychotherapy research during at least two decades. Given the fact that the lack of substantial and solid evidence for any type of "superiour prcatice" also has haunted research concerning addiction treatment and that some of the more recent development of clinical trials in the field of addiction treatment to a large extent has produced results which connect to the Dodo bird verdict, it seems likely that research concerning the effects of psychosocial interventions concerning alcohol problems is facing a "paradigm shift".

The proposed project aims to describe and analyse how adults with alcohol problems percieve positive changes during treatment interventions and to relate "models" of these experiences to how treatment professionals percieve "quality" in their practice. The project is carried out through two subprojects; one on clients and professionals in outpatient treatment and one on the same groups within inpatient treatment. In a concluding phase the results from the two subprojects are brought togeteher in a series of comparisons aiming to illuminate similarities and differences between the two treatment settingas. The project is expected to provide results with relevance for treatment practice as well as the research frontier that has emerged concerning treatment research on psychosocial mechanisms.

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