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Mortality after 8 years in relation to short-term outcome of treated alcoholics
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8158-0486
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1997 (English)In: Alcohol & Alcoholism, ISSN 0735-0414, Vol. 32, no 5, 573-579 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study concerns the relation between mortality and the short-term outcome of inpatient treatment for alcoholism. A total of 121 patients (87 men, 34 women) of whom 89 were voluntary and 32 compulsorily committed. They had a mean age of 41 ±7 (sd) years and attended a 5-week programme at Runnagården, Örebro, Sweden. Most patients were socially unstable and severely alcohol dependent. Ten months (mean) after discharge, 96% of the patients and their referring social workers were contacted with mail questionnaires. Of these patients, 13% had been totally abstinent and a further 42% were improved but had had relapses. After a mean of 8.5 ±0.27 (sd) years, 27 patients (24%) had died. All abstainers survived, but non-abstainers had a 9 times higher mortality than expected. Non-abstinent improved women tended to survive longer than non-improved women, but among non-abstinent improved men no such tendency was found. In conclusion, a reduction in the frequency and quantity of abusive drinking was not enough to reduce the higher risk of death. Only abstinence seemed to be preventive.

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1997. Vol. 32, no 5, 573-579 p.
Keyword [en]
Alcoholism treatment outcome, mortality, Kaplan-Meier, Standardised Mortality Ratio, gender differences
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-2942Local ID: 2667OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-2942DiVA: diva2:27974
Available from: 2008-12-16 Created: 2008-12-16Bibliographically approved

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