1. Australian Treatment Outcomes Profile (ATOP)

Year: 2014

Ryan, Anni; Holmes, Jennifer; Hunt, Vi; Dunlop, Adrian; Mammen, Kristie; Holland, Rohan; Sutton, Yvonne; Sindhusake, Doungkamol; Rivas, Gonzalo; Lintzeris, Nicholas

This scale is a one-page clinician or researcher administered instrument that examines substance use (days used out of 28 for substances such as alcohol, amphetamine-type substances, benzodiazepines, cannabis, opioids, tobacco, injection drug use); as well as health and wellbeing (days worked or at school, homelessness, risk of eviction, primary caregiver for or living with children, arrest, violent behavior, victim of violence, and self-reported rating of psychological and physical health status, as well as overall quality of life).

The ATOP may help in providing feedback to clients and clinicians regarding treatment progress over time, improve communication between clinicians and services, assist in service evaluations by measuring clinical outcomes, and assist in quality improvements and service planning.

Instrument Use & Availability

Download the instrument: http://www.turningpoint.org.au/site/DefaultSite/filesystem/documents/AODresources/Step%203%20-%20Review%20050713.pdf (Turning Point (Australian center))

For more information, contact:
Nicholas Lintzeris, PhD
South Eastern Sydney LHD Drug and Alcohol Service
New South Wales, Australia
email: nicholas.lintzeris@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

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Instrument Details:

Source Reference:Ryan A, Holmes J, Hunt V, et al. Validation and implementation of the Australian Treatment Outcomes Profile in specialist drug and alcohol settings. Drug Alcohol Rev 2014;33:33–42.
Population studied:Adults; Older adults
Instrument Type:Clinician-administered interview; Assessment
Administration/Scoring:Higher scores on the substance use questions indicate more days of use (range 0-28), whereas higher scores on the health and wellbeing questions (range 0-10 indicate better self-rated health outcomes.
Validity/Reliability:The ATOP demonstrates good interrater reliability between clinician and researcher interviews and concurrent validity with commonly used "gold standard" validated instruments (Ryan et al., 2014).

Supporting References:

  • Lintzeris N, Monds LA, Rivas G, Leung S, Withall A, Draper B. The Australian Treatment Outcomes Profile instrument as a clinical tool for older alcohol and other drug clients: A validation study. Drug Alcohol Rev 2016;35:673-677.

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