Alcohol Treatment Outcome Evaluation Methodology: State of the Art 1980-1984
Alcoholism, Follow-Up Studies, Research Design, Temperance
The methodology of alcohol treatment outcome studies published during two sequential intervals from 1976 through mid-1984 is critically reviewed. Although considerable methodological improvements have occurred over time, major methodological deficiencies continue to characterize much of the literature, with inadequate reporting of subjects' pretreatment characteristics (e.g., severity of dependence) being the most striking problem. Pervasive differences across studies regarding the types of data gathered and the ways in which findings are reported seriously impede attempts to compare studies and weaken the types of conclusions that can be drawn about treatment efficacy in general. It is suggested that journal editors establish standards of reporting for follow-up studies.
Sobell, M. B.,
Sobell, L. C.,
Stevens, J. A.
(1987). Alcohol Treatment Outcome Evaluation Methodology: State of the Art 1980-1984. Addictive Behaviors, 12(2), 113-128.
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