The purpose of this study is to determine whether patient self-matching (as compared with treatment as usual by expert matching) improves satisfaction, retention, and outcome for patients being treated for alcohol problems.
The are at least two good reasons for offereing patients a choice when the goal is a change in their behaviour. The first is that patients are likely to know what treatment works best for them. Secondly, being allowed to choose between options may increase compliance in treatment. In a randomized controlled trial, this study will compare the eficacy of patient self-matching versus treatment-as-usual expert matching.
The Self-Match Study is expected to increase our knowledge on the importance of involving the alcohol dependent patient in choosing what treatment method is best for him instead of having experts to do that. We expect to discover patient involvement as a way to improve compliance in treatment, hence preventing that patients drop out of treatment too early. If this hypothesis proves to be right, clinicians will have a viable strategy for matching treatment methods to patients at their disposal, since the strategy does not demand further resources in the treatment system.
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