Weekly patterns of drug treatment attendance

Dace S. Svikis, Roy W. Pickens, Wendy Schweitzer, Eric Johnson, Nancy Haug

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Abstract

Objectives. This study examined weekly patterns of drug treatment attendance in relation to date of welfare payment receipt and reason for treatment absence. Methods. Treatment attendance by Medicaid-eligible pregnant women who were drug dependent was examined by calendar week over a 29-month period. Results. Time series analyses showed that attendance was lower during week 1 than week 4. Drug use was the most frequently reported reason for treatment absence during week 1 (25%) but was not reported as a reason during week 3. Conclusions. Drug-dependent outpatients had increased absences associated with illicit drug use during the first week of the month when welfare payments were received. The generalizability of the findings is unknown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)752-755
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume89
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1999

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Svikis, D. S., Pickens, R. W., Schweitzer, W., Johnson, E., & Haug, N. (1999). Weekly patterns of drug treatment attendance. American journal of public health, 89(5), 752-755. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.89.5.752