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Team-based addiction care not as effective as experts hoped

from Time

To treat chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension, the gold standard now involves a coordinated, team-based approach. So researchers hoped the same benefits would be help addiction patients. But in the latest study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, scientists found that the team approach — in which nurses and other professionals check up on patients, give them access to 24/7 hotlines, ensure that they receive follow up care and coordinate needs like medications and talk therapy — was no more effective than simply having general practitioners hand out a list of treatment options. more

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