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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ozlem Dubauskas, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is a description of the institute of medicine committee, its goals, process, findings, and recommendations about addiction treatment
Purpose: The purpose of the committee is to identify the gaps between research, treatment, and policy, to demonstrate the benefits of narrowing those gaps, and to provide models for collaborations.
Audience: Part of the targeted audience is federal, state, and local policymakers, drug treatment researchers, sponsors of research and treatment programs, managed care programs, professionals involved with employee assistance programs, behavioral health researchers, criminal justice and social welfare programs, and foundations interested in public health, education, and professional training. Community based treatment providers, behavioral health providers, and consumers may benefit as well. As a clinician, however, I do not feel that this book addresses practitioners or consumers. Still, it may be helpful to some of the other stated target groups.
Features: The book contains minimal graphs and illustrations. References are numerous and up-to-date. The large appendix is very informative and useful in moving beyond the basic material. The language used makes the book hard to read.
Assessment: This is a useful book to gain information about the possible methods of bridging community-based organizations and researchers as well as the possible difficulties of doing so. It is an important and well-organized book likely to benefit administrators the most.