Presented as a poster at the 23rd Annual Scientific Conference of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Denver, Colo., June 24–29, 2000. The views presented here are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Health-related Quality of Life for Adults Participating in Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
Article first published online: 18 FEB 2010
2003 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
The American Journal on Addictions
Volume 12, Issue 3, pages 198–210, May-June 2003
How to Cite
Morgan, T. J., Morgenstern, J., Blanchard, K. A., Labouvie, E. and Bux, D. A. (2003), Health-related Quality of Life for Adults Participating in Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment. The American Journal on Addictions, 12: 198–210. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2003.tb00648.x
- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 18 FEB 2010
- Received September 11, 2002; accepted November 8, 2002.
Interest exists in assessing health-related quality of life as one aspect of treatment effectiveness with substance abuse clients. The SF-36 Health Survey is a self-report measure assessing subjective health status along physical and mental health dimensions. Subjects were 252 adults in an outpatient, randomized clinical trial for substance abuse treatment. Subjects reported significantly more impairments in functioning when compared to U.S. population norms, but differences disappeared after three months of treatment. There was little support that quality of life functioning was significantly related to substance use during treatment. Results highlight the importance of using the SF-36 to facilitate treatment planning.