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October 2021

Inpatient alcohol treatment in a private healthcare setting: Which patients benefit and at what cost?

Author(s): Meyers, K., Evans, B. D., Ruetsch, C. R., Kaplan, F. N., Jensen, J. M., Hadley, T. R.

Journal/Book: Amer J Addiction. 1999; 8: 325 Chestnut St, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA. Taylor & Francis Inc. 220-233.

Abstract: This study investigated whether selected patients have better outcomes with inpatient than outpatient treatment. There were 93 inpatients and 80 outpatients with alcohol dependence who were evaluated at treatment entry to a private healthcare setting. Patients with multiple drinking-related consequences were less likely to return to significant drinking in the first 3 months after treatment ended if they had attended inpatient compared to outpatient treatment. Thus, inpatient appeared to have some advantage over outpatient treatment in the early recovery period for patients with multiple drinking-related consequences. The gap between inpatient and outpatient costs was also reduced when computed as a cost-effectiveness ratio, although treatment costs continued to remain proportionally higher with inpatient than outpatient treatment.

Note: Article Pettinati HM, Univ Penn, Treatment Res Ctr, Dept Psychiat, 3900 Chestnut St, Philadelphia,PA 19104 USA


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