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Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007;33(4):583-93.

Substance abuse and dependence treatment in outpatient physician offices, 1997-2004.

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School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California 92350, USA. jbanta@llu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine patient, physician, and visit characteristics associated with treatment for substance abuse during outpatient physician visits.

METHODS:

Secondary data was obtained from the 1997-2004 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.

RESULTS:

A substance abuse diagnosis was recorded in .9% of general and family practice visits, .8% of internal medicine visits, and 5.1% of psychiatry visits. Multivariable logistic regression found that women, elderly, non-White, and established patients were less likely to be given a substance abuse diagnosis.

CONCLUSION:

Increased screening, particularly of existing patients, may lead to decreased gender, age, and racial disparities in diagnosis and treatment.

PMID:
17668344
DOI:
10.1080/00952990701407546
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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