|March 5, 2004|
Discharges from Hospital Inpatient Treatment: 2000
This report examines substance abuse treatment discharge data in the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS).1 TEDS is comprised of two major components, the Admissions Data System and the Discharge Data System. Both admissions and discharge data come primarily from substance abuse treatment facilities that receive some public funding.
States are asked to submit data for all discharges from substance abuse treatment. In 2000, 18 States2 submitted 347,923 records for clients discharged from treatment. Nearly all of these records (94 percent) could be linked to a TEDS admission record. These 326,750 linked admission/discharge records are referred to as treatment episodes. Of these episodes, over 99 percent (323,156) had a valid response for reason for discharge.
This report presents data on the 2 percent (7,794) of these treatment episodes that represent clients who received hospital inpatient treatment3 (Table 1). Clients discharged from detoxification treatment are not included in this report.4
Reasons for Discharge
More than half (55 percent) of hospital inpatient treatment episodes involved individuals who completed treatment and another 25 percent involved those who were transferred to further treatment (Figure 1). The remaining hospital inpatient treatment episodes involved clients who left against professional advice (12 percent), whose treatment was terminated by the facility (5 percent), or who were discharged for other reasons (3 percent).
Alcohol was the primary substance of abuse5 in 63 percent of the completed hospital inpatient treatment episodes, followed by marijuana (15 percent), cocaine (9 percent), stimulants (5 percent), opiates (4 percent), and other substances (4 percent) (Figure 2).
Completion of Hospital Inpatient Treatment
The hospital inpatient treatment completion rate was highest, at 59 percent, for episodes involving alcohol as the primary substance of abuse (Figure 3). For hospital inpatient treatment episodes with opiates or cocaine as the primary substance, the completion rate was 53 percent. The hospital inpatient treatment completion rate for episodes where the primary substance was stimulants was 49 percent. Hospital inpatient treatment episodes involving marijuana as the primary substance were least likely to be completed, at 48 percent.
Median Length of Stay
The median length of stay for completed hospital inpatient treatment episodes was 13 days, ranging from 8 days for opiates to 15 days for marijuana (Figure 4).
1 For an earlier report on TEDS discharges, see Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. The DASIS report: Treatment completion in the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Rockville, MD. January 30, 2003.
2 States included: CA, GA, HI, IA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, MT, NE, NM, OH, OK, UT, and WY.
3 Twenty-four hour per day medical care in a hospital facility in conjunction with treatment services for alcohol and other drug abuse and dependency. Excludes detoxification for persons with severe medical complications associated with withdrawal.
4 Because treatment completion rates and lengths of stay vary across modalities or types of treatment, reports on other modalities, including outpatient, intensive outpatient, short-term residential, long-term residential, and detoxification treatment are being presented in other DASIS reports.
5 The primary substance of abuse is the main substance abused at the time of admission.
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