Clinical Decision Making in a Central Intake Unit for Drug Abuse Treatment
Central intake units for drug abuse treatment offer the possibility of greatly improving treatment outcomes. In theory, the central intake unit matches the client with the most appropriate treatment modality within a specific area, leading to improved treatment success rates and more efficient use of the scarce resources available for drug abuse treatment. The effectiveness of any central intake unit, however, is limited by the quality of its clinical decision-making. If the clients cannot be appropriately matched with available treatment programs, there is little reason for having a central intake unit. The following evaluation study was undertaken to examine in detail the clinical decision-making process of one particular central intake unit.
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