STANCE: Studying social services, treatment, and other interventions for alcohol and narcotics and resulting health outcomes- a collaborative, longitudinal research program
The overall aim of this six-year multi-project research program in Sweden is to identify research findings and develop a new registry of interventions received by individuals with substance use disorder in order to improve health outcomes of this population.
The six year, multi-project research program STANCE is a “scaling up “research and implementation effort which includes three separate research projects. It is funded by the Swedish Research council for Health Working Life and Welfare. The aim of this program is to improve the to improve the effectiveness of the Swedish social welfare system’s response to clients with risky substance use (RSU) and substance use disorder (SUD).Our national program first examines health outcomes of adults with RSA and SUD including hospitalization, disability and mortality. Second, our program also implements and tests the effectiveness of a national technology support system, developed by our collaborators Rabe and Kobberstad, for Swedish social workers who work with clients who have RSU/SUD. Finally, we test the effects of clusters of interventions on health outcomes with populations and samples ranging from 3000-40,000. Our international team is multi-disciplinary (social work, medicine, public health and statistics) and includes post-doc and doctoral students.