Chapter 4

Intensive Outpatient Treatment Discharges: 2007

Reason for Discharge
Median Length of Stay (LOS)
Characteristics at Admission
Treatment Completion

Chapter 4 presents data on the reason for discharge and median length of stay (LOS) in treatment for the 179,335 linked admission/discharge records of discharges from intensive outpatient treatment in 2007. Forty-four of the 46 reporting States had discharges from this type of service [Table 4.1].

Reason for Discharge

Table 4.1 and Figure 4.1. Of the 179,335 intensive outpatient treatment discharges in 2007:

Figure 4.1
Reason for discharge from intensive outpatient treatment: TEDS 2007

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

Median Length of Stay (LOS)

Table 2.4 and Figure 4.2. The median LOS for intensive outpatient treatment discharges was 51 days. By reason for discharge, the median LOS for intensive outpatient treatment discharges was:

Figure 4.2
Median length of stay in intensive outpatient treatment, by reason for discharge: TEDS 2007

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

Characteristics at Admission

Table 2.6. Intensive outpatient discharges displayed some major differences from all discharges combined. Of intensive outpatient discharges:

62 percent were male compared to 68 percent of all discharges

10 percent reported opiates as the primary substance compared to 18 percent of all discharges

41 percent reported no use of the primary substance in the month before treatment entry compared to 29 percent of all discharges; 21 percent reported daily use compared to 37 percent of all discharges

44 percent were referred to treatment through the criminal justice system compared to 37 percent of all discharges; 23 percent were individual referrals to treatment compared to 33 percent of all discharges

Treatment Completion

Tables 4.2 and 4.3. Table 4.2 enumerates the characteristics at admission of discharges from intensive outpatient treatment by reason for discharge. Table 4.3 is based on Table 4.2. 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 intensive outpatient treatment discharges was 56 percent.

Median LOS among Discharges Completing Treatment

The overall median LOS among discharges completing intensive outpatient treatment was 72 days. For most characteristics at admission, the median LOS was within 10 days of that number, between 63 days and 82 days.

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