Intervention Tops Standard Care
Engagement in care—through a program called LINKAGE that uses electronic health records (EHRs) and online patient portals to provide educational information and improve communication with health care providers—is helpful for people undergoing treatment for alcohol or drug problems, according to a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry.
Addiction requires more complex treatment than what is typically obtained through emergency services. This study, which was conducted by Kaiser Permanente, demonstrated that intervention and preventive services are key components of a successful alcohol/drug treatment program.
Standard care for addiction often includes medical exams, detox, group and individual counseling and therapy sessions, and a 12-step program. Combining standard treatment protocols with a program like LINKAGE that increases engagement may help improve outcomes for people fighting addiction.
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