The association of socio-demographic factors and in-patient readmission for relapse in harmful alcohol use at the Psychiatric Hospital Suriname

Authors

  • Sabrina Rootharam Faculty of Medical Sciences, Anton de Kom University of Suriname, Paramaribo, Suriname

Keywords:

harmful alcohol use, relapse, educational level, Suriname, religieuze diversiteit, nationale feestdagen, beleid, marital status

Abstract

Harmful alcohol use, recognized as a mental health disorder by the World Health Organization, leads to three million deaths per year and attributes to 5.1% of the global burden of disease. In Suriname, the Detoxification clinic of the only Psychiatric Hospital (PCS) provides inpatient treatment for harmful alcohol use. While there is a high post-treatment relapse rate of 80%, no studies have been conducted to identify the causes. This research examines the association of selected socio-demographic factors with post-treatment relapse in harmful alcohol use. Secondary de-identified patient data of 2017-2018 were retrieved from PCS (n=100) and a cross-sectional study was conducted, comparing the educational level of patients readmitted for relapse (n = 50), and patients not readmitted (n = 50) for relapse within one year. Binomial logistic regression analyses were done to assess the odds of relapsing based on the level of education, adjusted for age and marital status. Educational level (OR=2.640; 95% CI:1.051-6.627; p=0.039), age (OR=2.482; 95% CI:1.024-6.018; p=0.044) and marital status (OR=3.166; 95% CI:0.305-7.679; p=0.011) were independently associated with relapse in harmful alcohol use. Patients with a low educational level, above 45 years of age and being unmarried, divorced, separated or widowed, were more likely to have a relapse within one-year post treatment. These findings will inform the development of an improved relapse prevention program, with the goal of improving patient outcomes and decreasing the burden of disease.

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Published

2022-06-23

How to Cite

Rootharam, S. (2022). The association of socio-demographic factors and in-patient readmission for relapse in harmful alcohol use at the Psychiatric Hospital Suriname. Academic Journal of Suriname, 12(1), 47–59. Retrieved from http://www.adekusjournal.com/ojs/index.php/acjoursu/article/view/28