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Friday, October 31, 2008

Column - Focus on Alcohol & Drug Abuse: Improving Service Delivery for Individuals With Co-occurring Disorders: New Perspectives on the Quadrant Model
Psychiatr Serv 59:1251-1253, November 2008

This column summarizes findings of a study that examined the usefulness of the quadrant model for improving service delivery for persons with co-occurring disorders.

The authors discuss treatment recommendations, goals and barriers related to delivering care, policy recommendations for implementing evidence-based interventions, and strengths and limitations of the model.

They conclude that although the quadrant model is useful for conceptualizing systems-level factors for improving delivery, its further development is unlikely to result in improved care at the clinical level.

They call for research to develop and implement evidence-based practices targeted to specific populations of persons with co-occurring disorders.

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