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

by Yuhua Bao, Dirk Sauerland, Roland Sturm

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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.

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