Changes in Alcohol-Related Inpatient Care
An International Trend Comparison
Published in: Journal of Addictive Diseases, v. 20, no. 2, 2001, p. 97-104
Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2000
This paper studies two utilization measures of alcoholism treatment, discharge rate and average length of stay, in the United States, Australia, Sweden and Canada. The results suggest that the decline in length of stay and discharges in the past 15 years was an international phenomenon and not unique to the U.S. However, data for length of stay also suggest that the biggest decline in the United States coincided with the fastest growth of managed behavioral health care.