HC Deb 08 July 2003 vol 408 c769W
John Mann

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment methodology is used to measure the value of money given by residential rehabilitation for drug addicts. [119267]

Miss Melanie Johnson

This information is not currently available. Residential rehabilitation has been shown to be one of a number of effective forms of drug treatment but it is particularly difficult to identify and compare outcome measures for chronic, relapsing disorders. In trying to evaluate value for money a range of factors need to be considered that acknowledge the complexity of harms and the natural history of the disorders.

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) is investigating this issue and will be publishing guide costs for different types of treatment service in due course.

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