Drug user involvement in treatment decisions

Fischer, Jan, Jenkins, Nick, Bloor, Michael, Neale, Joanne and Berney, Lee (2007) Drug user involvement in treatment decisions. (Project Report) York, U.K. : Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 56 p. ISBN 9781859355640


User involvement has become a key principle in the delivery of health and social care services. But whilst a valued concept, it is one not easily implemented. This research explores a range of related issues, including: The nature and extent of user involvement The desire for involvement amongst practitioners and service users Likely constraints on involvement The impact and relative importance of involvement on treatment outcomes The report concludes with recommendations for facilitating user involvement in drug treatment decision-making. The research is based on in-depth investigation of drug service users’ and practitioners’ experiences of user involvement in four specialist treatment agencies: two community prescribing agencies and two residential rehabilitation centres, in England and Scotland.

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