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Agyapong, Vincent and Benbow, Jackie and Browne, Roy (2007) Effectiveness of daily outpatient alcohol detoxification by an Irish public psychiatric hospital: a pilot study. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine , 24 , (1) , pp. 23-26.

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Objective: To assess the effectiveness of daily outpatient alcohol detoxification in an Irish public psychiatric hospital.

Method: The outpatient records of patients presenting to the Assessment Unit of St Brendan's Hospital in one year (August 2004-July 2005) with symptoms of Alcohol Dependence Syndrome (ADS) and commencing daily outpatient detoxification were examined retrospectively for parameters relevant to the objectives of the study. The results were compiled and analysed using descriptive statistics.

Results: Forty patients underwent outpatient alcohol detoxification in one year and complete records were available for 32 patients (80%). Twenty patients had fixed addresses in the hospital catchment areas, eight patients had no fixed addresses and the remaining four patients had addresses outside the catchment areas. Seven patients (22%) presented with a co-morbid psychiatric condition including depression (four patients), anxiety disorder (two patients) and personality disorder (one patient). All seven patients were known to psychiatric sector services. Of the 32 patients commencing detoxification, 28 patients (87.5%) attended on the second day whilst 22 patients (69%) attended their third day's appointment. Only 17 patients (53%) completed the outpatient detoxification. Thirteen patients (40.6%) received at least two outpatient detoxifications during the year; of whom seven patients (58%) received their second detoxification within two months of the first one. The record of 20 patients (62.5%)showed that they had received advice regarding selfreferral to counselling services.

Conclusion: A high proportion of patients (47%)presenting with symptoms of ADS did not complete daily outpatient detoxifications. A high proportion of all patients (40.6%) also underwent multiple outpatient detoxifications during the year. It is possible that the separation between alcohol detoxification and alcohol counselling services in Ireland contributed to these disappointing results.


Item Type:Article
Date:March 2007
Page Range:pp. 23-26
Publisher:Medmedia Group
Keywords:comorbidity, detoxification, detoxification center, hospital outpatient clinic, Ireland, outpatient care, problem alcohol use
Notes:Reproduced by kind permission of Medmedia Group
Accession Number:HRB 3257 (Available)
Subjects:HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method > Detoxification method
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Mental health care
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Programme planning, implementation, and evaluation > Programme evaluation
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Hospital

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