Chapter 3

Outpatient Treatment Discharges: 2006

Reason for Discharge

Median Length of Stay (LOS)

Characteristics at Admission

Treatment Completion

Chapter 3 presents data on the reason for discharge and median length of stay (LOS) in treatment for the 618,662 linked admission/discharge records of discharges from outpatient treatment in 2006. Forty-one of the 42 reporting States had discharges from this type of service [Table 3.1]. Outpatient treatment in this chapter excludes intensive outpatient treatment (Chapter 4), outpatient detoxification (Chapter 8), and outpatient medication-assisted opioid therapy (Chapter 9).

Reason for Discharge

Table 3.1 and Figure 3.1. Of the 618,662 outpatient treatment discharges in 2006:

Figure 3.1
Reason for discharge from outpatient treatment: TEDS 2006

Pie chart comparing Reason for discharge from outpatient treatment in TEDS 2006

Median Length of Stay (LOS)

Table 2.4 and Figure 3.2. The median LOS for outpatient treatment discharges was 87 days. By reason for discharge, the median LOS for outpatient treatment discharges was:

Characteristics at Admission

Table 2.6. Outpatient treatment discharges displayed some major differences from all discharges combined. Of outpatient treatment discharges:

Figure 3.2
Median length of stay in outpatient treatment, by reason for discharge: TEDS 2006

Bar chart comparing Median length of stay in outpatient treatment, by reason for discharge in TEDS 2006

Treatment Completion

Tables 3.2 and 3.3. Table 3.2 enumerates the characteristics at admission of discharges from outpatient treatment by reason for discharge. Table 3.3 is based on Table 3.2. It presents two related proportions: a) the percent distribution of characteristics at admission among discharges completing treatment or transferring to further treatment compared to those who did not complete treatment, and b) the combined rate of completion or transfer to further treatment by characteristic at admission.

Completion/Transfer Rates and Characteristics at Admission

The overall combined treatment completion/transfer rate among outpatient treatment discharges was 52 percent.

Median LOS among Discharges Completing Treatment

The overall median LOS among discharges completing outpatient treatment was 121 days. For most characteristics at admission, the median LOS fell within 10 days of that number, between 111 days and 131 days.

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