Days to treatment and early retention among patients in treatment for alcohol and drug disorders

Kim A. Hoffman, James H. Ford, Carrie J. Tillotson, Dongseok Choi, Dennis McCarty

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Abstract

Objectives: Drug and alcohol treatment programs often have long delays between assessment and treatment admission. The study examined the impact of days to treatment admission on the probability of completing four sessions of care within an addiction treatment program implementing improvements in their admission process. Methods: Mixed-effects logistic regression was used to test the effect of wait time on retention in care. Results: Findings demonstrate a strong decrement in the probability of completing four sessions of treatment with increasing time between the clinical assessment and first treatment session.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-647
Number of pages5
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Process improvement
  • Retention in care
  • Substance abuse treatment and delivery
  • Wait time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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