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Webinar - Residential Rehabilitation: current evidence and future research directions

Oct 1, 2021

Last week the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) hosted a webinar titled, Residential Rehabilitation: current evidence and future research directions,  presented by Associate Professor Peter Kelly, Clinical Psychologist based at the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong. Associate Professor Kelly highlights the current evidence base underpinning residential rehabilitation. This included the findings from a research project which involved providing telephone support as a continuing care intervention for people who completed and left residential treatment. The researchers found that there was no significant impact from the telephone follow-up support. Instead, it seemed that in general, people who completed treatment had arange of improvements in their lives, with those who received telephone follow-up support not showing any additional improvements. Some of this was related to the fact that some people sought out their own post-treatment support, and didn’t require additional telephone support. 

The webinar also discusses some of the challenges faced when conducting research within residential treatment. This included difficulties conducting randomised controlled trials in a residential facility and issues following up after treatment.  

Watch “Residential Rehabilitation: current evidence and future research directions” (1 hour)