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J Addict Dis. 2011 Apr;30(2):116-22. doi: 10.1080/10550887.2011.554776.

Factors associated with frequent utilization of crisis substance use detoxification services.

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New York University, School of Medicine, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York University, New York, NY, USA. ecarrier@hschange.org

Abstract

Previous research suggests that some substance users have multiple crisis detoxification visits and never access rehabilitation care. This care-seeking pattern leads to poorer outcomes and higher costs. The authors aimed to identify predictors of repeat detoxification visits by analyzing state-level data routinely collected at the time of substances use services admission. Repeat detoxification clients were more likely to be homeless, city-dwelling fee-for-service Medicaid recipients. Repeat detoxification clients were less likely than those with one admission to enter rehabilitation within 3 days. Treatment providers should aim for rapid transfer to rehabilitation and consider expanding detoxification intake data to improve risk stratification.

PMID:
21491293
DOI:
10.1080/10550887.2011.554776
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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