The clients' perspective on change during treatment for an alcohol problem: qualitative analysis of follow-up interviews in the UK Alcohol Treatment Trial

Orford, Jim and Hodgson, Ray and Copello, Alex and John, Bev and Smith, Melanie and Black, Rachel and Fryer, Kate and Handforth, Linda and Alwyn, Tina and Kent, Cicely and Thistlethwaite, Gill and Slegg, Gary P. and Coulton, Simon (2006) The clients' perspective on change during treatment for an alcohol problem: qualitative analysis of follow-up interviews in the UK Alcohol Treatment Trial. Addiction, 101 (1). pp. 60-68. ISSN 1360-0443. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Aim  To develop a model of change during and following professional treatment for drinking problems, grounded in clients' accounts. Participants   Subsets of consecutively selected clients of the UK Alcohol Treatment Trial (UKATT), followed-up at 3 months (n = 211) and 12 months (n = 198) after randomization. Location   Five statutory and non-statutory alcohol problems treatment agencies in three areas of England and Wales. Data   Open-ended interviews conducted according to a brief interview guide, leading to 4002013800-word post-interview reports used for analysis (tape-recordings used for auditing purposes). Analysis   Reports analysed by a team according to grounded theory principles, involving an iterative process with successive refinement of interviewing and analysis with each successive batch of data. Findings   A model of change from the clients' perspective was developed. Treatment was seen by clients as facilitating various changes in ways of thinking and/or increased support of various kinds from family and friends, along with new ways of acting in relation to drinking or more generally. For many those changes had led to an appreciation of the benefits accruing to them. Treatment was seen as part of a broader treatment system which included pretreatment assessment, forms of help additional to the trial treatment, plus an element of self-directed change during and following treatment. Taken with awareness of worsening alcohol-related harms, triggering events and external influence to seek treatment (the catalyst system), to which clients continued to refer following treatment, the change process is depicted as a complex, ongoing set of systems in which a trial treatment is embedded.Conclusions   Models of change should be broadened so that treatment is seen as a complex system of parts, facilitating a nexus of cognitive, social and behavioural changes, embedded within a broader system of events and processes catalysing change. Such a model helps explain the relative absence of between-treatments outcome differences in UKATT and in the alcohol problems treatment and more general psychotherapy research literatures.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
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Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2010 11:05
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