Quality improvement and best practice: Theme lead: Annette Dale-Perera

There are growing international imperatives and initiatives to improve the quality and capacity of treatment for substance use disorders. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3.5 urges Members States to improve treatment coverage for those who need it and the treatment. The World Drug Report (2019) reported only one in seven people globally who needs treatment receives it and this falls to 1 in 18 on some continents. Furthermore, some countries lack recommended core components of treatment or provide treatment that is not line with the scientific evidence-base, ethics or human rights.

Members of DARC are involved in work with the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Abuse (EMCDDA), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the development of international quality standards, quality improvement toolkits and national guidance, treatment intervention manuals and quality improvement initiatives for a range of countries. DARC aims to develop this area of work within its portfolio over the next three years.

Current and recent projects

  1. UNODC/WHO (2020 forthcoming) ‘Quality Assurance for drug use disorder treatment: Train the Trainers package’ UNODC Vienna (Dale-Perera A author)
  2. UNODC/WHO (2020 forthcoming) ‘Quality Assurance Toolkit for drug use disorder treatment systems’ , UNODC Vienna (Dale-Perera A l author)
  3. UNODC/WHO (2020 forthcoming) ‘Quality Assurance Toolkit for drug use disorder treatment services’, UNODC, Vienna (Dale-Perera A, author)
  4. UNODC and Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan (2020 forthcoming) ‘2-day Training for Managers in implementing recovery-orientated drug treatment in Afghanistan’. UNODC Afghanistan Country Office, Kabul. (authors Dale-Perera A, and Huxley A)
  5. UNODC and Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan (2020 forthcoming) ‘4- day Train the Trainers programme for expert psychosocial and recovery intervention practitioners in Afghanistan’, UNODC Afghanistan Country Office, Kabul. (authors Dale-Perera A, and Huxley A)
  6. UNODC and Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan (2020 forthcoming) ‘Cognitive Mapping for Recovery: manualised programme for drug treatment services in Afghanistan’, UNODC Afghanistan Country Office, Kabul. (authors Dale-Perera A, and Huxley A)
  7. UNODC and Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan (2020 forthcoming) ‘Managers Guide to implementing recovery-orientated drug treatment in Afghanistan’, UNODC Afghanistan Country Office, Kabul. (authors Dale-Perera A, and Huxley A)
  8. Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria and UNODC Country Office Nigeria (2020 forthcoming) ‘National guidelines for treatment of substance use disorders for Nigeria’, Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria (Dale-Perera A, lead author)
  9. WHO/UNODC (2020), ‘International Standards for the treatment of drug use disorders’, WHO Geneva (Dale-Perera A, contributing author)
  10. Dale-Perera A, (2020 forthcoming) ‘Quality Assurance in drug demand reduction in Europe’ EMCDDA, Lisbon
  11. UNODC (2019) Development of Quality Assurance Mechanisms and Tools for drug use disorder treatment. Evaluation of good practices informed by science and ethical principles towards quality improvement. Saenz, E, Dale-Perera A, Kashino, W, Busse, A, KrupChanka D, Gumm J-C, Suhartono S, Gamboa-Riano, C, Campello G, Poznyak, V, Gerra G,5. International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) conference presentation ISSUP 2019
  12. ChangeGrowLive (2018) ‘Improving opioid medication-assisted treatment toolkit (IMAT)’ ChangeGrowLive , London (Dale-Perera A development of draft)