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Although tools such as DATCAP and SASCAP greatly facilitate economic cost studies of alcoholism treatment programs, standardized cost studies still pose many challenges for researchers.
Because many studies have used DATCAP to estimate the cost of AOD abuse treatment programs, further cost analyses of new alcoholism treatment methods using this approach may be needed so that the findings can be compared with findings in the existing literature.
in a setting; (DATCAP) -- the first estimates the such tool used; resources needed estimates total and to provide the per-patient costs of treatment and the an alcohol and other monetary value of drug abuse treatment.
Finally, the average cost of one day in residential addiction treatment ($90.69 [1996 dollars]) was calculated from published and unpublished data on all residential treatment programs that completed the DATCAP. Again, future analyses should ob tain unit cost estimates that are representative and appropriate for the population being analyzed.
The proposed benefit-cost analysis weighs the costs of resources allocated to treatment, as estimated through the DATCAP, against the benefits yielded through treatment, obtained by monetizing selected ASI outcome variables.
In addition, program costs may be slightly underestimated as well because costs specifically incurred by program clients are currently not included in the DATCAP.
Economic cost data were collected for a period of 2 consecutive fiscal years, 1996 and 1997, using the DATCAP (French, Dunlap, Zarkin, et al.
Table 1 summarizes the cost estimates obtained through the DATCAP (fiscal years 1996 and 1997) for three outpatient drug-free programs from the Philadelphia Target Cities Project.