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Explaining inconsistancy between patient and collateral: Validity in outcome studies of coercive alcoholism treatment
Avdelningen för klinisk alkoholforskning, Malmö, Lunds universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8158-0486
Socialmedicinsk avdelning, Örebro Läns Landsting.
1996 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 0907-2055, Vol. 5, no 1, 12-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study aims to assess the consistency of replies to questionnaires mailed to patients and two kinds of collaterals, i.e., social workers and significant others, at a public treatment center with socially unstable and compulsory committed patients. It compares the quantity and kind of discrepancies between replies by patients and collaterals on outcome data concerning social situation and drinking habits. It aims to measure the amount of systematic bias among factors that may explain inconsistencies between reports, especially the factors compulsory commitment, worse outcome, frequency of contact and type of collateral. The responders generally agreed. Variables in which there was less agreement were explored in logistic regressions using ten explanatory variables. Significant relations did not exceed those expected by chance. Discrepancies were not systematic in size and kind. On a six-rank ordinal scale of alcohol use or abuse, however, patients tended to underestimate the extent of their abuse. Inconsistencies here concerned the degree but not the presence of abuse. No difference in consistency due to type of collateral was found. In conclusion, the consistency of the questionnaires was high and independent of the social situation of the patient, of compulsory commitment and of other background or treatment factors, as well as of treatment outcome and type of collateral.

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1996. Vol. 5, no 1, 12-18 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-16144DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.1996.tb00122.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-16144DiVA: diva2:442836
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