The cost of treating substance abuse patients with and without comorbid psychiatric disorders.

@article{Hoff1999TheCO,
  title={The cost of treating substance abuse patients with and without comorbid psychiatric disorders.},
  author={Rani A. Hoff and Robert A. Rosenheck},
  journal={Psychiatric services},
  year={1999},
  volume={50 10},
  pages={1309-15}
}
OBJECTIVE Data from a national sample of patients with a primary diagnosis of a substance use disorder were analyzed to examine whether having a comorbid psychiatric diagnosis-a dual diagnosis-was associated with increased costs of health services over a six-year period and whether dually diagnosed patients used particular types of services more frequently. METHODS A national sample of substance abuse patients being treated in Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities were classified into two groups… CONTINUE READING