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Factors associated with discharge against medical advice from an inpatient alcohol and drug detoxification unit in Barcelona during 1993-2006

Factors associated with discharge against medical advice from an inpatient alcohol and drug detoxification unit in Barcelona during 1993-2006

Gilchrist, Gail, Langohr, Klaus, Fonseca, Francina, Muga, Roberto and Torrens, Marta (2012) Factors associated with discharge against medical advice from an inpatient alcohol and drug detoxification unit in Barcelona during 1993-2006. Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems, 14 (1). pp. 35-44. ISSN 1592-1638

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Abstract

Records from 1,228 consecutively admitted patients (74.5% male) to an inpatient detoxification unit in Barcelona during 1993-2006 were examined to determine factors associated with discharge against medical advice (AMA). 21.5% of admissions were discharged AMA. In multiple logistic regression and compared to patients who were medically discharged; those discharged AMA were younger, more likely to be dependent on heroin, other opiates, cocaine or psychostimulants or be receiving suppression from methadone maintenance therapy [reference category: alcohol]. Assisting clinicians to identify patients most at risk for leaving inpatient detoxification AMA will enhance their ability to motivate such patients to remain in treatment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems combines the characteristics of a fee-based and no-fee open-access journal. Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems is a scholarly journal that is available online to the reader without financial, legal, or technical barriers.
Uncontrolled Keywords: discharge against medical advice, inpatient detoxification, substance abuse, Barcelona
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Centre for Applied Social Research
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Last Modified: 16 Oct 2016 14:44
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/7123

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