Chapter 3

Outpatient Treatment Discharges: 2007

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 730,709 linked admission/discharge records of discharges from outpatient treatment in 2007. Forty-five of the 46 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 730,709 outpatient treatment discharges in 2007:

Figure 3.1
Reason for discharge from outpatient treatment: TEDS 2007

Pie chart comparing Reason for discharge from outpatient treatment in TEDS 2007

Median Length of Stay (LOS)

Table 2.4 and Figure 3.2. The median LOS for outpatient treatment discharges was 77 days. By reason for discharge, the median LOS for outpatient treatment discharges was:

Figure 3.2
Median length of stay in outpatient treatment, by reason for discharge: TEDS 2007

Bar chart comparing Median length of stay in outpatient treatment, by reason for discharge in TEDS 2007

Characteristics at Admission

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

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 118 days. For most characteristics at admission, the median LOS was within 11 days of that number, between 107 days and 129 days.

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