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J Stud Alcohol Suppl. 1994 Dec;12:138-48.

Issues in the selection and development of therapies in alcoholism treatment matching research.

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Addictions Treatment Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Seattle, Washington 98108.


There are a large number of possible approaches to the treatment of alcohol abuse and dependence. From a practical and methodological standpoint, however, only a limited number of interventions can realistically be included in research studies of treatment matching. A key question in planning studies of matching is what treatments to include. The recent book by Beutler and Clarkin on systematic treatment selection in general psychotherapy provides a framework within which to discuss alcoholism treatment matching and the criteria applied to decisions concerning (1) modes of treatment, (2) treatment format, (3) specific therapeutic strategies and the (4) treatment setting. The methodological and practical issues raised and the decisions reached in Project MATCH are presented in each of these areas. The therapies chosen for Project MATCH, based on these criteria, are described.

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