Matching, Outcomes and Costs in Substance Abuse/Psychiatric Treatment

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00012727
First received: March 14, 2001
Last updated: April 16, 2014
Last verified: April 2014
  Purpose

This project�s goal is to improve the quality of care and reduce treatment costs for veterans with substance abuse and psychiatric problems.


Condition Intervention Phase
Dual Diagnosis
Procedure: Matching Symptom Severity to Service Intensity
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Matching, Outcomes and Costs in Substance Abuse/Psychiatric Treatment

Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Estimated Enrollment: 236
Study Completion Date: August 2001
Arms Assigned Interventions
Arm 1 Procedure: Matching Symptom Severity to Service Intensity

Detailed Description:

Background:

This project�s goal is to improve the quality of care and reduce treatment costs for veterans with substance abuse and psychiatric problems.

Objectives:

This project is evaluating a patient-treatment matching strategy to improve residential treatment for substance abuse patients with psychiatric disorders. Its immediate objective is to examine whether the matching strategy results in more effective and cost-effective treatment in VA programs. We hypothesize that patients with severe clinical problems will have better outcomes when they are matched to service-intensive programs; patients with moderate problems will have better outcomes when they are matched to programs having a lower intensity of services. For both patient groups, community treatment should prove to be more cost-effective than hospital treatment.

Methods:

The project utilized a stratified randomized design. We paired each of three VA hospital programs that treat dual diagnosis patients and are high on intensity with a nearby high-intensity community residential facility (CRF) that contracts with the VA. We also paired four VA hospital and four CRFs that are low on intensity. Veterans who applied for substance abuse treatment at VA facilities were randomly assigned to either the VA hospital or CRF. Patient assessments have been conducted at intake (N=230), discharge, and a 4-month follow-up. Primary outcomes are patients� severity of substance abuse and psychiatric problems. Secondary outcomes are patients� functional status and their VA and non-VA health care utilization and its costs.

Status:

Completed.

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Patients must be entering a VA inpatient substance abuse or psychiatric treatment program and be clinically judged as appropriate for inpatient or community residential care.

Exclusion Criteria:

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Locations
United States, California
VA Long Beach Health Care System
Long Beach, California, United States, 90822-5201
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Palo Alto, California, United States, 94304-1290
United States, Florida
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
Gainesville, Florida, United States, 32608
United States, Nebraska
VA NE-Western IA Health Care System
Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 68105-1873
United States, Oklahoma
VA Medical Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, 73104
United States, Virginia
VA Medical Center
Hampton, Virginia, United States, 23667
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Christine Timko, PhD VA Palo Alto Health Care System
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00012727     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IIR 95-011
Study First Received: March 14, 2001
Last Updated: April 16, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on September 18, 2014