Despite drug users’ high mortality rates, their contacts with hospital and psychiatric treatment have received comparatively little quantification. We provide a comprehensive summary and characterisation of the hospital and psychiatric treatment episodes of a national cohort of drug treatment clients during 1996–2006. Drug treatment records were linked to national registers of deaths, hepatitis C virus (HCV) diagnoses and hospital and psychiatric episodes (hereafter hospital episode). Allowing for overdispersion, we calculated hospital episode rates (HERs) by main diagnosis at discharge; standardised hospital episode ratios (SHERs) during 2001/2002 to 2005/2006 only and Cox regression analyses of time-to-hospital-episode. The Scottish Drug Misuse Database (SDMD) cohort comprised 69,457 individuals and 350,317 person-years (pys) with 107,723 hospital episodes by 27,124 individuals: 70,094 hospital episodes occurred during 229,504 pys in 2001/2002 to 2005/2006.
- record linkage study
- drug treatment centre
- hepatitis C virus
Merrall, E. L. C., Bird, S. M., & Hutchinson, S. (2013). A record linkage study of hospital episodes for drug treatment clients in Scotland, 1996-2006. Addiction Research and Theory, 21(1), 52-61. https://doi.org/10.3109/16066359.2012.690052