Patient Engagement Critical in Addiction Treatment

Polaris Health Directions and Kaiser Permanente Southern California are collaborating on a project that uses innovative technologies to strengthen patient engagement and support the adoption of evidence-based practices in addiction treatment.

The Web-based Enhanced Engagement in Chemical Dependency model promotes motivational interviewing and motivational enhancement therapy, and matching patients to services based on psychosocial need. It is a paradigm for translating research into practice, and could lead to lower relapse and dropout rates.

The project has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It was presented in March in a poster session at the HMO Research Network conference, held in Long Beach, Calif.

The engagement enhancement model will enrich Polestar Addiction, Polaris’s flagship outcomes management system for addictions medicine. Its effectiveness is currently being tested at 12 addiction treatment programs at Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

For further information on the project or Polestar Addiction, please send an email to View the poster, “Improving Engagement in Addiction Treatment: Translating Addiction Research into Evidence-based Practice,” presented at the conference.

The project described is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, award number: 2R44DA032180-02. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of NIDA or the National Institutes of Health.