CLINICAL RESEARCH

The Tavad researches on clinical subjects are aimed at improving the results of our treatments and the development of new clinical procedures.

Since 1995 we have two important mechanisms of research through feedback, which allows us a constant evaluation of the effectiveness of our treatments. The first gives us a monthly assessment of the effectiveness of our psychotherapists referring to scientific knowledge, empathy and therapeutic skills. The second detects the factors which are implicit in the success or failure of our treatments. These procedures indicated the need for a faster cognitive restructuring of the patient and their family, to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

In 1996 we created a documentary which included computerized infography techniques, explaining the acceleration and consolidation of cognitive restructuring. This video won an award in 2000, as the best scientific documentary in Spain, and its contents have contributed to improving the results of treatment by 12%.

Given that a considerable percentage of our patients use cocaine daily and meet the criteria of cocaine dependence, we also aimed our efforts at developing a new pharmacological treatment for the treatment of this dependence, which was introduced into clinical practice in 2001.

We have carried out research related to cerebral nutrition in the treatment for heroin and alcohol dependence, in collaboration with the Institute of the Higher Board of Scientific Research.

We are currently following an important line of research in relation to different mood markers during the one-year follow-up process after hospital discharge.

Database

Since 1992 we have accumulated more than 300 clinical data from each patient who has been treated at Tavad. These hundreds of thousands of data make up a considerable clinical database which has allowed and allows us to improve our treatments and interventions. Nowadays, researcher from Universities and Research Centres apply for access to our database in order to carry out research which increases clinical knowledge and affects the improved progress of our patients. Because of this, this year Tavad has decided to start a database transfer programme with this aim. One of the developments of this new programme is the study of differential functioning of items and factorial structure of the SCL-90 by a researcher of the Department of Psychology at the Complutense University of Madrid. Any researcher who is interested should send their application to investigacion@tavad.com.