A Qualitative Study Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Implementing Client Centred Care (CCC) in an Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Service

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Journal of Dual Diagnosis


Objective: Client centered care (CCC) is strongly advocated for improving the quality of health care. The aim of the current study was to explore client and staff perspectives of a new model of CCC implemented in a residential alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment service. Specifically, the study aimed to (i) describe the defining features of CCC, and (ii) describe the benefits and challenges of implementing CCC at the service. Methods: Participants were 18 clients and eight staff who took part in focus groups and interviews. Thematic analysis of four client focus groups and eight staff individual interviews was conducted. Results: Staff identified the defining features of CCC as flexible, comprehensive, open-minded, and inclusive. Clients and staff shared predominantly positive views on the CCC model. Shared themes included the challenge of balancing flexibility and structure, and delivering comprehensive and individualized care within the limits of staff knowledge, skills, and resources. Conclusions: Results suggest that implementing CCC across an AOD treatment setting has clear benefits to staff and clients, along with challenges that require careful consideration and planning. Future research should evaluate the effectiveness of providing guidelines that address many of the challenges associated with implementing CCC.

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