Heinrich Kuefner

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In a prospective multicentre study of 1410 alcoholics (73% men) data were collected at five different times: admission, discharge, 6, 18 and 48 months after discharge. The details from the 21 treatment centres involved were acquired from staff-members; follow-up data on patients were collected by personal interviews and/or mailed questionnaires. In all,(More)
OBJECTIVE A prospective four-year study examined which components of addiction severity predicted time to relapse among 112 adults with chronic alcoholism who participated in a comprehensive outpatient treatment program. METHODS Recruited from emergency, inpatient, and outpatient facilities, patients were admitted into the program consecutively between(More)
Data on mortality during a 48-month follow-up period in a group of 1410 alcoholics who had received inpatient treatment were evaluated. In 1266 patients known to be either living or deceased the death rate was 7.6%. The percentage of deceased subjects was highest in the group over 50 years of age. The mortality rate was higher for men (9.8%) than for women(More)
AIM To study the prediction potential of demographic and psychopathological variables in the patient allocation context. METHOD This was a follow-up study of alcohol-dependent patients (n = 242) who were treated in an outpatient (n = 75), inpatient short-term (n = 88), or inpatient long-term (n = 79) setting between 2003 and 2004. Demographic and(More)
Cognitive impairment in drug-dependent patients receiving methadone (MMP) maintenance treatment has been reported previously. We assessed cognitive functioning after at least 14 days of stable substitution treatment with buprenorphine (BUP) or MMP and after 8 to 10 weeks. We performed a randomized, nonblinded clinical trial in 59 drug-dependent patients(More)
The purpose of our project was to develop and empirically test a diagnostic instrument which would permit sufficiently reliable differentiation between alcoholics and healthy as well as sick persons and which would also be easy and economical to administer. For this purpose, roughly 250 diagnostically relevant items were selected from the extensive(More)
BACKGROUND Cognitive impairment in drug-dependent patients under methadone maintenance treatment has been reported before. We assessed whether patients under buprenorphine, a partial mu-opioid agonist, perform better in cognitive tests measuring psychomotor performance as described in previous nonrandomized studies. METHODS We performed a randomized(More)
This was a 6-month, randomized, flexible-dose study comparing the effects of methadone (Meth) and buprenorphine (Bup) on retention rate and substance use in a sample of 140 opioid-dependent, primarily heroin-addicted, patients who had been without opioid substitution therapy in the 4 weeks prior to the study. The major aims were to compare the efficacy of(More)