Development of the Brief Addiction Therapist Scale (BATS)

Key findings A literature review and three-round Delphi survey facilitated the development of a Brief Addiction Therapist Scale (BATS), designed to evaluate the delivery of substance use treatment in routine practice. Practitioner feedback, and validation in four clinical samples including two multi-site studies, suggests the scale has good psychometric properties and high inter-rater reliability. In initial feedback practitioners and experts have been positive, supporting its utility, ease of use and importance. Research team Dr Gillian Tober, Head of Research and Training Leeds Addiction Unit, Leeds and York Partnerships Foundation NHS Trust, Leeds UK Senior Visiting Lecturer, School of Medicine University of Leeds Helen Crosby Researcher, Leeds Addiction Unit, Leeds and York Partnerships Foundation NHS Trust, Leeds UK Visiting Lecturer and PhD student, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, UK Dr Gary Latchford, Joint Programme Director, Clinical Psychology Training Programme and PhD supervisor, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, UK Dr Bridgette Bewick, Associate Professor in Health Research, PhD supervisor, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, UK. Background Research has identified a number of effective components of treatment for alcohol and drug misuse and addiction. However, in order to ensure best practice and the maintenance of universal standard...
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