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Treatment as usual in effectiveness studies: what is it and does it matter?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 22, no 1, 25-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A hallmark of an evidence-based practice (EBP) is the systematic appraisal of research related to the effectiveness of interventions. This study addressed the issue of interpreting results from effectiveness studies that use treatment-as-usual (TAU) as a comparator. Using randomised controlled studies that evaluate the effectiveness of multisystemic therapy as an illustrative example, we show that TAU includes a wide variety of treatment alternatives. Estimated treatment effects on recidivism suggest that TAU seems to contain a greater variation in underlying risk than experimental conditions, supporting the hypothesis that the content of TAU could affect outcomes. Implications for the realisation of an EBP are discussed.

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Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2013. Vol. 22, no 1, 25-34 p.
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effectiveness studies, evidence-based practice, standard service, transportability, treatment-as-usual
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-85537DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2012.00870.xISI: 000311975300004OAI: diva2:585933


Available from: 2013-01-10 Created: 2013-01-08 Last updated: 2013-03-22Bibliographically approved

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