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Comparison of single and multiple agency clients in substance abuse treatment services

(2007) European Addiction Research. 13(3). p.156-166
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Background: Frequent and multiple service utilization among substance abusers is a well-known problem. However, little statistical evidence exists about overlapping agency populations. Methods: This phenomenon was studied in a clear-cut region in Belgium, based on intake information concerning all clients who addressed a drug treatment center within a 6-month period (n=1,139). Results: Multiple service utilization was rather common but not omnipresent during this particular registration period. Almost 15% of the clients were registered in more than one substance abuse treatment agency. Compared to single agency attendees, multiple agency clients appeared to be more often polysubstance abusers with a longer previous treatment history and greater problem severity. Conclusion: A continuous care perspective, interagency collaboration and a common tracking and documentation system are recommended to better address the needs of this specific subgroup of substance abusers. More research is needed to clarify whether these multiple service utilization patterns are caused by client-related, agency-related or other factors.
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Drug use, service utilisation, substance abuse treatment, coordination of care

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Colpaert, Kathy, Wouter Vanderplasschen, and Eric Broekaert. 2007. “Comparison of Single and Multiple Agency Clients in Substance Abuse Treatment Services.” European Addiction Research 13 (3): 156–166.
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Colpaert, Kathy, Vanderplasschen, W., & Broekaert, E. (2007). Comparison of single and multiple agency clients in substance abuse treatment services. European Addiction Research, 13(3), 156–166.
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Colpaert K, Vanderplasschen W, Broekaert E. Comparison of single and multiple agency clients in substance abuse treatment services. European Addiction Research. KARGER; 2007;13(3):156–66.
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Colpaert, Kathy, Wouter Vanderplasschen, and Eric Broekaert. “Comparison of Single and Multiple Agency Clients in Substance Abuse Treatment Services.” European Addiction Research 13.3 (2007): 156–166. Print.
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  abstract     = {Background: Frequent and multiple service utilization among substance abusers is a well-known problem. However, little statistical evidence exists about overlapping agency populations. Methods: This phenomenon was studied in a clear-cut region in Belgium, based on intake information concerning all clients who addressed a drug treatment center within a 6-month period (n=1,139). Results: Multiple service utilization was rather common but not omnipresent during this particular registration period. Almost 15\% of the clients were registered in more than one substance abuse treatment agency. Compared to single agency attendees, multiple agency clients appeared to be more often polysubstance abusers with a longer previous treatment history and greater problem severity. Conclusion: A continuous care perspective, interagency collaboration and a common tracking and documentation system are recommended to better address the needs of this specific subgroup of substance abusers. More research is needed to clarify whether these multiple service utilization patterns are caused by client-related, agency-related or other factors.},
  author       = {Colpaert, Kathy and Vanderplasschen, Wouter and Broekaert, Eric},
  issn         = {1022-6877},
  journal      = {European Addiction Research},
  keyword      = {Drug use,service utilisation,substance abuse treatment,coordination of care},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {156--166},
  publisher    = {KARGER},
  title        = {Comparison of single and multiple agency clients in substance abuse treatment services},
  volume       = {13},
  year         = {2007},
}

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