Best practice portal – evidence database

This database gives you access to the latest evidence on drug-related interventions. The information is based on systematic searches is updated regularly. To get started use the search boxes below. Click here for more information about the Evidence database (including methods).

List of Evidence Summaries
Title Area Substance Target group(s) or setting(s) Evidence rating
Intensive family-based programmes to prevent smoking Prevention tobacco families Beneficial
Family and school based programmes to prevent smoking Prevention tobacco families, school Beneficial
Ecological family-based treatments to reduce adolescent substance use Treatment alcohol, cannabis families, young people Beneficial
Multidimensional family therapy (MDFT) vs. individual psychotherapy (IP) on retention in treatment and to reduce use Treatment cannabis families, young people Beneficial
Comprehensive family-oriented prevention for cannabis use Prevention cannabis families, young people Likely to be beneficial
Home visitation for disadvantaged families Prevention alcohol, tobacco families Likely to be beneficial
Standalone parental training to reduce risk behaviours Prevention not-drug specific families Likely to be beneficial
Psychosocial interventions to improve outcomes in families with parental substance misuse Treatment alcohol, not-drug specific families Likely to be beneficial
Psychosocial interventions delivered to affected others of people with addictions Treatment not-drug specific families Likely to be beneficial
Multidimensional family therapy (MDFT) vs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to reduce use Treatment cannabis families, young people Likely to be beneficial
Multi-component prevention programs for alcohol misuse in young people Prevention alcohol communities, families, school, young people Likely to be beneficial
Support groups combined with peer mentor training delivered to young people with parents or other family members who are substance users Prevention not-drug specific families, young people Likely to be beneficial
Integrated care of infectious diseases and substance use disorders to improve infectious disease treatment outcomes Treatment alcohol, co-morbidity, not-drug specific, amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, new psychoactive substances (NPS), opioids, prescription medicines, tobacco communities, dual-diagnosis patients, emergency department, ethnic minority, families, law enforcement, pregnant women, PWID – people who inject drugs, school, women, prison, young people, partygoers/nightlife Unknown effectiveness
Telemedicine-delivered treatment interventions for substance use disorders Treatment alcohol, opioids, tobacco communities, dual-diagnosis patients, emergency department, ethnic minority, families, law enforcement, pregnant women, PWID – people who inject drugs, school, women, prison, young people, partygoers/nightlife Unknown effectiveness
Assertive community treatment (ACT) for substance use disorders Treatment alcohol, co-morbidity, not-drug specific, amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, new psychoactive substances (NPS), opioids, prescription medicines, tobacco communities, dual-diagnosis patients, emergency department, ethnic minority, families, law enforcement, pregnant women, PWID – people who inject drugs, school, women, prison, young people, partygoers/nightlife Unknown effectiveness
Family and individual-based interventions to prevent multiple risk behaviours relating to alcohol, tobacco and drug use Prevention alcohol, cannabis, tobacco families Unknown effectiveness
Family focused interventions that address parental domestic violence and abuse, mental ill-health, and substance misuse Treatment not-drug specific families Unknown effectiveness
Interventions to reduce intimate partner violence perpetration by men who use substances Harm reduction not-drug specific families Unknown effectiveness
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