Health care utilization of families of carpenters with alcohol or substance abuse-related diagnoses.

Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Patterns of health care utilization of families of carpenters with and without alcohol and/or substance abuse related diagnoses (ASRD) were compared. METHODS: Utilization data for families of 13,657 carpenters for a 10 year period were analyzed. Concordance of diagnoses among family members was assessed and proportionate utilization ratios were used to compare the experiences of families of carpenters with and without ASRD. RESULTS: Twenty-eight percent of the spouses with ASRD had a carpenter spouse with a similar diagnosis. Twenty-four percent of the families with a child with ASRD had a parent with one of these diagnoses compared to 9.4% of families without any children with ASRD (P < 0.0001). Families of carpenters with alcohol or ASRD also had different patterns of health care utilization. CONCLUSIONS: Utilization patterns were influenced to a significant degree by concordant diagnoses among spouses and children. Excess mental health care was seen among families of carpenters with ASRD above their care for substance abuse treatment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Li, L

Published Date

  • April 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 361 - 368

PubMed ID

  • 12645093

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0271-3586

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ajim.10214

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States