Patient Satisfaction with Outpatient Detoxification from Alcohol
Source: Journal of Addictions Nursing, 21 January 2004, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 23-29(7)
Abstract:Outpatient medical detoxification has become an increasingly common form of treatment for mild to moderate alcohol withdrawal, yet few studies have examined this phenomenon from the patient's perspective. Therefore, we reviewed Patient Satisfaction Survey (PSS) results from each of 57 alcohol-dependent patients who successfully completed a course of outpatient detoxification from among 64 who initiated such treatment in conjunction with an intensive day treatment program (89%). Those who completed detoxification were asked to evaluate specific aspects of clinical care. On a 5-point Likert scale, subjects responded to statements related to safety, comfort, information and instructions about medications, availability of the nurse, and participation in the day treatment program. Additional qualitative feedback was sought through two open-ended questions to determine what was viewed as most helpful, and suggestions for program improvement. High rates of completion and patient satisfaction were realized with outpatient detoxification from alcohol when administered in an intensive day treatment program.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychiatry and Addiction Research Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA 2: Department of Psychology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, USA
Publication date: 2004-01-21T00:00:00