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Appendix 5: Calculating the rate of uptake of health services related to problem drug use

A&E visits

Rate per PDU

Males

Females

Source

General population

?

?

There is no available data source

PDUs not in treatment

1.12

0.80

DORIS1

PDUs in treatment < 1yr

0.63

0.48

DORIS2

PDUs in treatment > 1yr

0.58

0.36

DORIS3

Since there is no available information on the rate of A&E visits by the general population there is no adjustment needed for the rates from DORIS.

Inpatient stays

Rate per 1,000 15-64 population

Males

Females

Source

General population

327

292

Number of bed days occupied by emergency continuous inpatient stays, ISD Scotland (2007)

PDUs not in treatment

2,450

3,733

DORIS1

PDUs in treatment < 1yr

1,367

1,827

DORIS2

PDUs in treatment > 1yr

1,035

762

DORIS3

The rates for the general population were then subtracted from the rates for PDUs and divided by 1,000 to give a rate per PDU.

Outpatient appointments

Rate per PDU

Males

Females

Source

General population

?

?

There is no available data source

PDUs not in treatment

1.14

3.23

DORIS1

PDUs in treatment < 1yr

1.51

2.66

DORIS2

PDUs in treatment > 1yr

1.13

2.54

DORIS3

Since there is no available information on the rate of outpatient appointments by the general population there is no adjustment needed for the rates from DORIS.

GP visits

Rate per 1,000 15-64 population

Males

Females

Source

General population

1,926

3,381

Rate of GP consultations per 1,000 population, ISD Scotland (2007)

PDUs not in treatment

3,806

4,731

DORIS1

PDUs in treatment < 1yr

3,223

4,860

DORIS2

PDUs in treatment > 1yr

1,947

4,464

DORIS3

The rates for the general population were then subtracted from the rates for PDUs and divided by 1,000 to give a rate per PDU.