Journal article

Does paying service providers by results improve recovery outcomes for drug misusers in treatment in England?

Andrew Jones, Matthias Pierce, Matt Sutton, Thomas Mason, Tim Millar

ADDICTION | WILEY | Published : 2018


AIM: To compare drug recovery outcomes in commissioning areas included in a 'payment by results' scheme with all other areas. DESIGN: Observational and data linkage study of the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System, Office for National Statistics mortality database and Police National Computer criminal records, for 2 years before and after introduction of the scheme. Pre-post controlled comparison compared outcomes in participating versus non-participating areas following adjustment for drug use, functioning and drug treatment status. SETTING: Drug services in England providing publicly funded, structured treatment. PARTICIPANTS: Adults in treatment (between 2010 and 2014): 154 175 (10 ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Department of Health. The views expressed in the publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Department of Health. The lead author affirms that thismanuscript is an honest, accurate, and transparent account of the study being reported; that no important aspects of the study have been omitted; and that any discrepancies from the study as planned (and, if relevant, registered) have been explained. This report is independent research commissioned and funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme (Evaluation of the Drugs Recovery Payment by Results Programme of Piloting). The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Department of Health, 'arms'-length' bodies and other government departments.