Assessment of Prevention and Treatment Systems for Substance Use Disorders
High prevalence of alcohol and drug use in populations and associated health and social problems present a significant challenge to health care systems and societies at large. The development and implementation of prevention and treatment policies and programmes is one of the crucial elements of a societal response to health problems associated with psychoactive substance use. A structured analysis of prevention and treatment systems for substance use disorders on the national and/or sub-national levels is an important prerequisite for the development and evaluation of such systems, also by providing benchmark information for subsequent monitoring of progress in relation to population needs.
Currently there is no international instrument for the assessment of prevention and treatment systems for substance use disorders, though such an instrument for assessing mental health systems in low and middle income countries (WHO-AIMS) has recently been developed.
WHO Technical Consultation on the Assessment of Prevention and Treatment Systems for Substance Use Disorders, 18-20 December 2006, Geneva, Switzerland
The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the methodology of a comprehensive assessment, monitoring and evaluation of prevention and treatment systems in relation to the population needs associated with psychoactive substance use and dependence.
Specific objectives of the meeting:
- Agree on the main principles and areas of system analysis
- Discuss and elaborate assessment methodology and assessment tools
- Elaborate a detailed plan of further work
WHO Technical Consultation on the Assessment of Prevention and Treatment Systems for Substance Use Disorders: Report