Reasons for Use Package: Outcomes From a Case Comparison Evaluation

Kevan Myers, Simon Kroes, Sarah O’Connor, Melissa Petrakis

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The objective was to explore the efficacy of a dual diagnosis resource—the Reasons For Use Package (RFUP)—to build staff capacity to work with service users and explore service user experiences. A two-state case comparison evaluation was conducted employing a mixed methods action research design, utilizing staff and service user surveys combined with focus groups involving staff trained and mentored in use of the RFUP. Results were that both staff and service users responded positively to the RFUP. Staff self-reported improvements in knowledge and confidence, and service users reported the RFUP assisted them with reflecting on interactions between their mental health and substance use; this assisted them with goal planning and improved their working relationship with staff. Implications were that training and mentoring in the RFUP can contribute to building staff knowledge and confidence in dual diagnosis interventions in mental health community services, and benefit service users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-790
Number of pages8
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • addictions
  • case control study
  • dual diagnosis
  • field of practice
  • mental health
  • mixed methods
  • outcome study

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