The aim of this study was to analyse the nature and extent of data extracted from case files of deceased individuals in contact with services 6 months prior to drug deaths in Scotland during 2003. A cross-sectional descriptive analysis of 317 case notes of 237 individuals who had drug-related deaths was undertaken, using a data linkage process. All contacts made with services in the 6 months prior to death were identified. Information on clinical and social circumstances obtained from social care, specialist drug treatment, mental health, non-statutory services, the Scottish Prison Service and Criminal Records Office was collated. More than 70% (n = 237) were seen 6 months prior to their drug death.
- drug-related death
- clinical information
Baldacchino, A., Crome, I., Zador, D., McGarrol, S., Taylor, A., Hutchinson, S. J., Fahey, T., Hickman, M., & Kidd, B. (2010). Recording of clinical information in a Scotland-wide drug deaths study. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 24(9), 1289-1298. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269881109103797