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Older adults in treatment for alcohol use disorders: service utilisation, patient characteristics and treatment outcomes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences. IFT Institut für Therapieforschung, Germany; ELTE Eötvös-Loránd-University, Hungary.
Number of Authors: 42018 (English)In: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, ISSN 1747-597X, E-ISSN 1747-597X, Vol. 13, article id 40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background In western countries demographic changes are leading to an ageing society. Consequently, the number of older adults with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) will rise and the demand of treatment is likely to increase. However, thus far not many older adults with an AUD are seeking treatment and little is known about the efficacy of treatment for older adults. The present study aimed at determining the proportion of older adults with an AUD in addiction treatment, particular characteristics and treatment outcomes of this clientele.

Methods Using data of 10,860 patients with an AUD aged 60 and over that are documented within the national German addiction care system we conducted exploratory analyses with regard to prevalence, sociodemographic, disorder- and treatment-related variables.

Results Overall, we found a low proportion of older patients in treatment due to AUDs, but highly positive treatment outcomes. With regard to sociodemographic and disorder-related characteristics, older females and late-onset patients in particular constitute a unique clientele.

Conclusions The low service utilisation on the one hand but good treatment prognosis on the other emphasise the need to promote treatment seeking among older adults with AUDs. In this context, the special characteristics we found among older patients may contribute to better reach this population and to improve provisions of targeted treatment approaches.

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2018. Vol. 13, article id 40
Keywords [en]
Older adults, Alcohol use disorder, Addiction care, Treatment, Early onset, Late onset
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Substance Abuse Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162867DOI: 10.1186/s13011-018-0176-zISI: 000449474800002PubMedID: 30400930OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-162867DiVA, id: diva2:1274135
Available from: 2018-12-28 Created: 2018-12-28 Last updated: 2018-12-28Bibliographically approved

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