A missed opportunity: underutilization of inpatient behavioral health services to reduce injection drug use sequelae in Florida

Austin E. Coye, Mackenzie T. Jones, Kasha J. Bornstein, Hansel E. Tookes, Joan E. St. Onge

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Abstract

Background: People who inject drugs (PWID) suffer high morbidity and mortality from injection related infections (IRI). The inpatient setting is an ideal opportunity to treat underlying substance use disorder (SUD), but it is unclear how often this occurs. Objectives: To quantify the utilization of behavioral health services for PWID during inpatient admissions for IRI. Methods: Data for all hospital admissions in Florida in FY2017 were obtained from the Agency for Healthcare Administration. Hospitalization for IRI were obtained using a validated ICD-10 algorithm and treatment for substance use disorder was quantified using ICD-10-Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) codes. Result: Among the 20,001 IRI admissions, there were 230 patients who received behavioral health services as defined by ICD-10-PCS SAT codes for treatment for SUD. Conclusions: In a state with a large number of IRI, only a very small portion of admissions received behavioral health services. Increased efforts should be directed to studying referral patterns among physicians and other providers caring for this population and increasing utilization of behavioral health services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number46
JournalSubstance Abuse: Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Addiction
  • Inpatient addiction services
  • MOUD
  • Opioids
  • People who inject drugs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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