National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol

The NACDA was established in response to the drug problem to assist in our continued need to improve our knowledge and understanding of problem drug use.

The goal of the NACDA is to advise the Government on problem drug use in Ireland in relation to prevalence, prevention consequences and treatment based on our analysis and interpretation of research findings.

Protocol for National Substance Misuse Rehabilitation Cohort Study


Protocol for National Substance Misuse Rehabilitation Cohort Study

Protocol forNational Substance Misuse Rehabilitation Cohort Study Authors: Maria Gannon, Neil McKeganey & Gordon Hay
School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
Published: 12th December 2011
Pages: 39
File Size: 557kb
Format: PDF

Executive Summary

The National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD) commissioned the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow to design a protocol for a cohort study examining rehabilitation among Irish substance misusers.

This report has two key elements; a review of the literature and the proposed study designs. The literature review focuses on previous cohort studies involving samples of substances misusers from representative treatment modalities. These key longitudinal studies examined treatment effectiveness through the measurement of various outcomes related to recovery. The review also examines duration of treatment; its relationship with positive outcomes and the identification of optimum length of stay for different treatment modalities as well as examining rehabilitation focussed studies.

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