Objetive The therapeutic communities (TC) constitute one of the most extensive treatments for the drug dependencies; however, its investigation is scarce. The aim to do a systematic review to know the methodological elements of the short term follow-up studies and, at the same time, describe the consequences of the TC. Material and method It was applied the "Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and meta-Analyses" (PRISMA) for the search in Medline, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES and PsycCRITIQUES, in order to locate short-term follow-up studies of TC between 1980 and 2010. Results The follow-up consists in an initial register and, at least, another to half year of treatment; the minimum sample contains 60 users with a greater prevalence of single men; 50% continues in follow-up and/or reaches the abstinence. Conclusion The TC seem to be beneficial for the adjustment of the consumption and other psychosocial aspects, although lacking information difficult the comparability of these findings.
|Translated title of the contribution||Therapeutic communities as treatment for drug dependencies: A systematic review of short-term follow-up|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2012|
- Drug dependencies
- Short-term follow-up
- Systematic review
- Therapeutic community