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Correlates of Specialty Substance Use Disorder Treatment Among Female Patients in the Veterans Health Administration

NCJ Number
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions Volume: 12 Issue: 3 Dated: July - September 2012 Pages: 282-301
Elizabeth M. Oliva, Ph.D.; Amy Gregor, M.S.; Jerry Rogers, M.P.H., M.S.; Aaron Dalton, M.S.W.; Alex H. S. Harris, Ph.D.; Jodie A. Trafton, Ph.D.
Date Published
September 2012
20 pages
This study examined patient and facility factors associated with receipt of and engagement in speciality SUD outpatient treatment for women in VHA.
The authors examined patient- and facility-level correlates of specialty substance use disorder (SUD) outpatient treatment receipt (at least 1 visit) and engagement (visit count) for female Veterans Health Administration patients in 2008. Overall, 33 percent of 15,653 females with SUD received specialty SUD outpatient treatment. Treatment receipt and engagement were positively related to being age 31 to 55, having a psychiatric comorbidity, and receiving treatment at facilities providing women's services. Additional facility-level factors related to treatment receipt were treatment at a facility with comorbid psychiatric services and more licensed psychosocial treatment providers per patient. More prescribers per patient was associated with more treatment engagement. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.