Telangana Journal of Psychiatry

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Telangana journal of psychiatry

Volume : 5, Issue : 1

  • Socio-demographic And Clinical Factors Associated With Drop Out From Walk In-clinic In Patients With Psychoactive Substance Use

  • Article : Open Access

  • Article Type: Original Article

  • Subject : Psychiatry, Mental Health, Psychology

  • Year : 2019

  • Author : Ajeet Sidana*

  • Author : Akashdeep Singh

  • Author : Gurvinder Pal Singh

  • Email id : [email protected]

  • Page From : 64

  • Page To : 67

  • Page No : 64-67

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  • Abstract  

    Introduction: Despite availability of adequate treatment, premature termination of treatment or lost to follow-up is great concern in patients with psychoactive substance use. This creates a hindrance in getting the favorable outcomes, indirectly adding up to the increased burden of the disease. This study focuses in assessing the socio-demographic and clinical variables associated with drop-outs in these patients which can guide the clinicians and health care delivery system to make required efforts in preventing these drop-outs.

    Aims and Objectives: To study the pattern including socio-demographic and clinical profile of drop-out patients with mental and behavioral disorder due to psychoactive substance use.

    Materials and Methods: Patients attending the Psychiatry Walk-In-Clinic of tertiary care teaching hospital of North India from June 2018 to July 2018 and diagnosed with ‘Mental and behavior Disorder due to psychoactive substance use’ (F10-19) as per ICD-10 were enrolled in the study. Socio-demographic and clinical variables of these patient were recorded using the Departmental walk-in Performa. Patient who didn’t come for follow-up visit till 4 weeks after first contact were considered drop-out. Data was analyzed for factors related to dropouts.

    Results: A total of 1553 patients registered in walk-in-clinic during a period of 2 months (June- July 2018), in which 175 patients were diagnosed with Mental and behavior disorder due to psychoactive substance use. Out of 175, 106 were drop-outs (60%). Sociodemographic and Clinical profile of drop-out patients revealed that 57% were of age group 20-40 years, 98% were Male, 75% were married, 70% had income more than 7000 rupees per month, 54% belonged to joint family, 49% were of opioid dependence, followed by alcohol dependence (31%) and 54% had no h/o of previous treatment.

    Conclusion: It can be concluded from the current study that patients with opioid use, employed and without any medical or surgical comorbidity are more likely to drop-out after the first contact.

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  • Keyword : : Drop-out, Walk-in clinic, Substance use disorders, Psychoactive substance use
  • How to cite this article:   Sidana* A, Singh A, Singh G P, Socio-demographic And Clinical Factors Associated With Drop Out From Walk In-clinic In Patients With Psychoactive Substance Use. Telangana J Psychiatry. 2019;5(1):64-67.
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