Bridging the gap between alcoholism treatment research and practice: Identifying what works and why
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Despite the proliferation of alcoholism treatment research over the past 2 decades, there is a continued gap between what has been shown to be promising in the extant literature and what is commonly practiced by clinicians in the alcohol treatment field. The present article is an effort to bridge this gap by examining findings from the broad body of alcoholism treatment outcome research to determine how these findings may optimally be used by treatment providers. To this end, the authors provide clinicians with a succinct review of the current alcoholism treatment outcome literature and identify hallmarks of the most empirically supported treatments. Clinical implications of this literature for practitioners working with client with alcohol use disorders are discussed, with a focus on factors underlying effective treatments and on how these factors can be transferred from research to practice.
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice
Read, Jennifer P., Christopher W. Kahler, and John F. Stevenson. "Bridging the gap between alcoholism treatment research and practice: Identifying what works and why." Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 32, 3 (2001): 227-238. doi:10.1037/0735-7028.32.3.227.