Published: 10/03/2005, Volume II5, No. 5946 Page 29

Drug-abuse report

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Abuse has published Treatment Outcomes: what we know and what we need to know, by Professor Michael Glossop of King's College London.

It reviews four major national drug treatment programmes in the US and UK and draws a range of conclusions, including recognising the large numbers of drug users with multiple dependencies.

The NTA has also recently published a review of treatment effectiveness by the National Drug Evidence Centre at the Manchester University, which shows that retaining patients in treatment greatly increases the benefits.

This underpins the NTA's public service agreement target to increase the proportion of drug users successfully completing treatment year on year.

www. nta. org. uk

New mental health service in Ipswich

Ipswich primary care trust has set up a primary care intermediate mental health service, with support from the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health - the first of its kind in England.

It is aimed at people who do not qualify for specialist care from community mental health teams, and offers treatment alongside support with employment, benefits and housing.

The SCMH is currently working with five other PCTs to set up similar teams and will be evaluating their success over the next year.

www. scmh. org. uk

RCGP's family tome

The Royal College of GPs has published a new book exploring the changing face of family medicine and its impact on clinical staff.

Recent Advances in Primary Care, co-edited by RCGP chair Mayur Lakhani and Dr Rodger Charlton, claims to be 'a one-stop guide to the latest developments in the fast-changing world of general practice'.

The book is broken down into fundamental areas of family medicine from pregnancy care and mental health to paediatrics and respiratory medicine.

Also included is guidance on new treatments and emerging conditions.

www. rcgp. org. uk

Community guidance

Two new books from Radcliffe look at two topical aspects of community healthcare.

Looking After Children in Primary Care is intended as a companion to the children's national service framework.

Issues it examines include user involvement, the evidence for supporting parents and mental health.

Chronic Disease Management in Primary Care: quality and outcomes comes with an accompanying CD-ROM and features contributions on both the organisational and policy issues as well as chapters on a range of disease areas including asthma and hypertension.

Refreshingly, it also includes mental health, a classic chronic condition that is too often missing from CDM discussion.

www. radcliffe -oxford. com