Chapter 8

Detoxification Discharges: 2006

Reason for Discharge

Median Length of Stay (LOS)

Characteristics at Admission

Treatment Completion

Chapter 8 presents data on the reason for discharge and median length of stay (LOS) in treatment for the 349,381 linked admission/discharge records of discharges from detoxification in 2006. Forty-one of the 42 reporting States had discharges from this type of service [Table 8.1]. Detoxification in this chapter includes free-standing residential detoxification, hospital detoxification, and outpatient detoxification (see Chapter 2). Medication-assisted opioid detoxification is excluded and is reported in Chapter 10.

Reason for Discharge

Table 8.1 and Figure 8.1. Of the 349,381 detoxification discharges in 2006:

Figure 8.1
Reason for discharge from detoxification: TEDS 2006

Pie chart comparing Reason for discharge from detoxification in TEDS 2006

Median Length of Stay (LOS)

Table 2.4 and Figure 8.2. The median LOS for detoxification discharges was 4 days. By reason for discharge, the median LOS for detoxification discharges was:

Characteristics at Admission

Table 2.6. Detoxification discharges displayed some major differences from all discharges combined. Of detoxification discharges:

Figure 8.2
Median length of stay in detoxification, by reason for discharge: TEDS 2006

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

Treatment Completion

Tables 8.2 and 8.3. Table 8.2 enumerates the characteristics at admission of discharges from detoxification by reason for discharge. Table 8.3 is based on Table 8.2. 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 detoxification discharges was 78 percent.

Median LOS among Discharges Completing Treatment

The overall median LOS among discharges completing detoxification was 4 days. The median LOS fell within 1 day of that number, between 3 days and 5 days, for most characteristics. The only exception was the small proportion reporting no substance use in the month before treatment entry, where the median LOS was 7 days.

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