A Functional Model for Increasing Therapeutic Success and Cost Effectiveness in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

  • A. Thomas McLellan
  • Michael D. Thumme


In order to increase the therapeutic success and cost effectiveness of a substance abuse treatment network involving five different inpatient and two outpatient programs, a computer assisted evaluation model has been developed.

The evaluation model offers a quasi-experimental analysis of the matching of patients with treatment programs. The specific goals of the model are:
  1. 1.

    The development of a generalizable evaluation process to efficiently match patients with appropriate programs.

  2. 2.

    An overall increase in treatment success through specific improvement of treatment assignment procedures.

  3. 3.

    A general reduction in cost per unit of treatment effectiveness, patient drop-out, and treatment overlap.



Substance Abuse Treatment Therapeutic Success Addiction Severity Index Veteran Administration Hospital Treatment Progress 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Thomas McLellan
    • 1
  • Michael D. Thumme
    • 1
  1. 1.Philadelphia Veterans Administration Hospital and University of PennsylvaniaUSA

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