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J Subst Abuse Treat. 2002 Sep;23(2):157-62.

A successful researcher-practitioner collaboration in substance abuse treatment.

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  • 1Treatment Research Institute, 600 Public Ledger Building, 150 South Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3475, USA.


The best efforts to improve substance abuse treatment come from the integration of practice and research. The purpose of this article is to discuss factors that contribute to fruitful research-practice collaborations using the example of our recent successful partnership between a group of treatment researchers and a group of substance abuse recovery houses operated by Fresh Start. The research effort was the Drug Evaluation Network System, a computer assisted method of integrating clinical research and policy relevant information into a standard admission interview. The article discusses several factors that were important in integrating this research effort into the treatment system. These factors included adequate advance preparation of clinical and research staff to employ the new system, overcoming bilateral biases, and determining the degree to which the clinicians' and researchers' missions are matched. The paper also discusses a range of general factors to consider in implementing and maintaining successful research-to-practice integrations.

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