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NCJ Number: 170583 Find in a Library
Title: Use of a Constraint Satisfaction Network Model for the Evaluation of the Methadone Treatments of Drug Addicts
Journal: Substance Use and Misuse  Volume:33  Issue:3  Dated:(1998)  Pages:625-656
Author(s): G Massini; L Shabtay
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 32
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Drug treatment records from 69 drug addicts treated at the Jerusalem Methadone Treatment Center in Israel were analyzed by means of Constraint Satisfaction (CS) Networks by the Semeion Research Center of Science of Communication in Italy to examine the potential usefulness of this approach for treatment planning.
Abstract: The research sought to determine the possibility of distinguishing the persons for which methadone maintenance is more likely to be successful. The analysis focused on the information that the treatment program routinely collected on the participants' demographic characteristics, family relationships, drug abuse and drug treatment history, physical and mental health, and length of methadone treatment. Results document how CS Networks can help simulate the consequences of alternative treatments on the basis of data usually collected by treatment centers for their client files. Findings also demonstrated how this technology can support treatment personnel and thereby improve the quality and timeliness of the necessary interventions with the persons being treated. Findings also indicated that during treatment planning the networks can support the matching of the addict and the treatment. Further research on this approach should analyze data files from persons in treatment in different centers and should cover many years. Figures, tables, appended tables and list of variables, author biographies and photograph, and 5 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug treatment programs
Index Term(s): Computer aided operations; Computer simulation; Crime in foreign countries; Information collection; Israel; Italy; Methadone maintenance; Treatment techniques
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