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Predicting readmission to detoxification in clients with alcohol- and drug dependence

Arning, Laila (2017) Predicting readmission to detoxification in clients with alcohol- and drug dependence.

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Abstract:This study examined factors which could possibly predict readmission to detoxification. We specifically analyzed the role of co-morbid disorders, demographic factors, social- and environmental problems and substance use behavior. We employed a medical record study and investigated factors included in existing client charts from Tactus addiction treatment. Data from 610 clients who participated at least one time in a detox program between January 1st 2012 and 30st june 2014 were analyzed. 29.5% of the clients were readmitted to detox within the research period. Several risk groups could be identified. Heroin addicts displayed the highest risk of readmission, closely followed by polydrug users – and cocaine addicts. Moreover, clients with mood disorders were more often readmitted, especially in the group of cannabis users. Eventually, clients with problems related to the social environment displayed higher chances of readmission. We recommend more accurate assessment or a more complete recording of co-morbid disorders in clients who participate in detoxification. We suggest to take all identified risk factors into account when evaluating a clients readmission risk. A prevention plan should be designed in these cases.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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