The Comorbidity Of Alcohol, Cannabis, And Heroin Use And Mental Health Disorders Among Inpatients Presenting To All Hospitals In Nsw, Australia.

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Authors: Harry Man Xiong LAI, NSW

Year: 2010

Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780975765364

Abstract: Aim: To explore the association between alcohol and other substance-use disorders (AOSD) and the most frequent mental health disorders (MHD) among inpatients from all hospitals in NSW.

Methods: The data was extracted from the NSW Department of Health Inpatient Statistic Data Collection for the period 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007. Statistical analyses were performed using SAS.

Results: Of the 1.8 million admissions, an overall 9.6% had dual diagnoses (19.7% in psychiatric hospital and 9.5% in general hospital). Associations between AOSD and MHD were strong (correlation p<0.0001). 41.2% alcohol patients, 72.3% cannabis patients, and 35.5% heroin patients had at least one identifiable MHD. The single comorbidity rates ranged from 1% to10%.

Conclusion: This is the largest and first study to explore the comorbidity association between AOSD and MHD using an unique codified state-wide data. This study provides an unique representation and clinical patterns of comorbidities between AOSD and MHD.

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