Diagnosis and hospital readmission rates of female veterans with substance-related disorders

Roger (Dale) Walker, M. O. Howard, B. Anderson, P. Silk Walker, M. Dow Lambert, R. Suchinsky, M. Johnson

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Objectives: The study examined the prevalence of substance use, psychiatric, and medical disorders in female veterans discharged from VA hospitals. Methods: The VA discharge abstract database was used to identify women discharged in fiscal year 1991 who received a diagnosis of substance abuse or dependence or substance-induced psychosis (N = 1,698). They were compared with female veterans who did not receive a substance-related diagnosis (N=12,037). Results: Alcohol and cocaine use disorders were the most prevalent substance use disorders. Women with substance use disorders were more frequently diagnosed as having personality disorders, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder than women without substance use disorders. Skin and subcutaneous tissue diseases, infectious and parasitic diseases, and digestive diseases were more prevalent among women with substance use disorders than among women in the same age group who did not have substance use disorders. Approximately 44 percent of women with substance use disorders who were discharged during the first six months of fiscal year 1991 were rehospitalized within that year. Conclusions: Substance use disorders and associated comorbidities are endemic among women treated in VA hospitals. Additional studies examining characteristics of indigent women with substance use disorders are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)932-937
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume46
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1995

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Patient Readmission
Veterans
Substance-Related Disorders
Disease
Substance-Induced Psychoses
psychosis
personality disorder
posttraumatic stress disorder
comorbidity
Parasitic Diseases
substance abuse
contagious disease
Personality Disorders
Subcutaneous Tissue
age group
Poverty
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Cocaine
alcohol
Communicable Diseases

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
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Walker, R. D., Howard, M. O., Anderson, B., Silk Walker, P., Dow Lambert, M., Suchinsky, R., & Johnson, M. (1995). Diagnosis and hospital readmission rates of female veterans with substance-related disorders. Psychiatric Services, 46(9), 932-937.

Diagnosis and hospital readmission rates of female veterans with substance-related disorders. / Walker, Roger (Dale); Howard, M. O.; Anderson, B.; Silk Walker, P.; Dow Lambert, M.; Suchinsky, R.; Johnson, M.

In: Psychiatric Services, Vol. 46, No. 9, 1995, p. 932-937.

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Walker, RD, Howard, MO, Anderson, B, Silk Walker, P, Dow Lambert, M, Suchinsky, R & Johnson, M 1995, 'Diagnosis and hospital readmission rates of female veterans with substance-related disorders', Psychiatric Services, vol. 46, no. 9, pp. 932-937.
Walker RD, Howard MO, Anderson B, Silk Walker P, Dow Lambert M, Suchinsky R et al. Diagnosis and hospital readmission rates of female veterans with substance-related disorders. Psychiatric Services. 1995;46(9):932-937.
Walker, Roger (Dale) ; Howard, M. O. ; Anderson, B. ; Silk Walker, P. ; Dow Lambert, M. ; Suchinsky, R. ; Johnson, M. / Diagnosis and hospital readmission rates of female veterans with substance-related disorders. In: Psychiatric Services. 1995 ; Vol. 46, No. 9. pp. 932-937.
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