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Are we doing enough to enhance attendance to aftercare? Service users’ evaluation of a group relapse prevention programme for alcohol dependence

Indiresh Anand (Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)
Avril Smith (Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)
Kelly-Jo Charge (Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)
Christos Kouimtsidis (Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)

Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Article publication date: 2 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper was to evaluate and improve the quality of the aftercare services we provide for alcohol dependence. This presentation discusses the patient satisfaction of the Relapse Prevention Group.

Design/methodology/approach

This was a prospective service users' satisfaction survey of those who attended the relapse prevention group programme at the Community Drug and Alcohol Team for the first 11 months of programme implementation.

Findings

In all, 33 out of 36 people participated in the evaluation. The overall results were positive for the whole programme and people felt that the programme helped them in their recovery.

Originality/value

Monitoring of service users’ satisfaction with aftercare services could provide insight into the barriers compromising engagement.

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Citation

Anand, I., Smith, A., Charge, K.-J. and Kouimtsidis, C. (2015), "Are we doing enough to enhance attendance to aftercare? Service users’ evaluation of a group relapse prevention programme for alcohol dependence", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 9-11. https://doi.org/10.1108/DAT-11-2014-0038

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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