Authors: Harry Man Xiong LAI, NSW
Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
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.