Outcome evaluations in substance abuse: a comparison of alcoholism, drug abuse, and other mental health interventions.

@article{Goldstein1984OutcomeEI,
  title={Outcome evaluations in substance abuse: a comparison of alcoholism, drug abuse, and other mental health interventions.},
  author={Michael S. Goldstein and Mark W Surber and Dr. Milton Wilner},
  journal={The International journal of the addictions},
  year={1984},
  volume={19 5},
  pages={479-502}
}
Outcome evaluation studies in the areas of alcohol and drug abuse have suffered from design problems. The lack of control groups, prospective designs, adequate outcome measures, and sufficient follow-up has presented the major difficulties. This study reviews all such studies reported in 50 major journals between 1969 and 1979 and compares them to outcome evaluations on other mental health topics reported in the same journals. We find that significant problems remain in each of these areas. In… CONTINUE READING