A descriptive study of elderly community-dwelling alcoholic patients in the rural South

Suzanne Holroyd, Lillian Currie, Anita Thompson-Heisterman, Ivo L Abraham

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Abstract

Alcohol-related disorders, estimated to be more prevalent in the South, are associated with serious comorbid disorders, such as depression and suicide. In a rural outreach program, the authors examined patients with a diagnosis of alcoholism and compared them with nonalcoholic patients on various demographic and descriptive variables. Of 166 patients referred to the program, 35 (21.1%) had an alcohol-related disorder. Alcoholism was significantly associated with male gender and younger age, but nearly half of the alcoholic subjects were women. Alcoholism is associated with inappropriate health care utilization; alcohol-related disorders produced significantly more emergency room visits and somewhat more hospital admission; these patients were less likely to have a primary care physician. No patient was receiving treatment for alcoholism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-228
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Independent Living
Alcoholics
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Alcoholism
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Primary Care Physicians
Suicide
Hospital Emergency Service
Demography
Depression

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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A descriptive study of elderly community-dwelling alcoholic patients in the rural South. / Holroyd, Suzanne; Currie, Lillian; Thompson-Heisterman, Anita; Abraham, Ivo L.

In: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1997, p. 221-228.

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Holroyd, Suzanne ; Currie, Lillian ; Thompson-Heisterman, Anita ; Abraham, Ivo L. / A descriptive study of elderly community-dwelling alcoholic patients in the rural South. In: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 1997 ; Vol. 5, No. 3. pp. 221-228.
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