Paper looks at predictors of SUD treatment initiation among adolescents, adults

Data show differing predictors between age groups among Medicaid recipients

A research team led by CHSE investigator Bonnie Lind found that different factors (among them age, gender, race, gender/race interactions, urban vs. rural residence, chronic disease, and psychiatric or pain diagnoses) predicted initiation of treatment for alcohol and substance-use disorder among adults vs. adolescents who initiated treatment.  

As one example, white males in the adult group were less likely than other adults to initiate substance-use treatment, while the opposite pattern was found in adolescents. The research, appearing in Substance Abuse in February 2019, made use of Oregon Medicaid claims data from 2010 through mid-2015.  

As the authors note, understanding more about factors that predict how different groups engage in treatment could help programs target treatment effectively.  

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