Inanspruchnahme gesundheitlicher Versorgung durch Alkoholabhängige [Health care utilization of perople with alcohol dependence]
2015 (German)In: Suchttherapie, ISSN 1439-9903, Vol. 16, no 1, 18-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aims: The study aims at estimating health care utilization of alcohol dependents. Estimates will be provided for the number of people with dependence in the general population, the number of people that have received the diagnosis "dependence" by a general practitioner, and number of people treated in addiction care. Methods: Estimates are based on the most recent data on health care utilization. The estimation methods are described in detail. Results: In Germany, the prevalence of alcohol dependence in the general population aged 18 years and above is estimated at 2.8 % or 1.86 million individuals in 2012. Approximately 649 000 individuals were diagnosed as, alcohol dependent" by a general practitioner indicating that about one third of the people with dependence (35.0%) were registered in the health care system (2009 data). In the same year approximately 297 000 individuals with alcohol dependence (16 %) were utilizing specialized addiction services (in-or outpatient treatment, general hospital). The rate of addicts in rehabilitation treatment was estimated at 1.8%. Conclusions: For reducing the burden of morbidity and mortality associated with alcohol dependence considerable improvements in health care utilization by addicts are required. Utilization may be increased by improving excess to early intervention, diversification of treatment offers and challenging the paradigm of abstinence-oriented treatment.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 16, no 1, 18-26 p.
alcohol dependence, utilization, health care, addiction care
Alkoholabhängigkeit, Inanspruchnahme, Versorgung, Suchthilfe
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-109924DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1376999ISI: 000349563900009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-109924DiVA: diva2:767655