INTRODUCTION: The comorbidity associated with mental disorders (MD) and substance use disorder (SUD) affects the whole process of healthcare. The aim of this study was to analyze the comorbidity associated with SUD and MD in hospitalized women. MATERIAL AND METHOD: The information sources were the hospital discharges generated in 2003 in the Minimum Data Set of the Catalan health service. The χ2 test was performed and comorbidity was evaluated by means of Charlson's index. RESULTS: Women represented 43.1% of patients diagnosed with MD and 14.8% of those diagnosed with SUD, while men represented 56.9% and 85.2%, respectively. In the comparison of comorbidity, the χ2 test (p < 0.0001) revealed significant differences between women with TM and those with SUD; Charlson's index > 4 was found in 2.9% of those with MD versus 6% of those with SUD. CONCLUSIONS: Comorbidity associated with MD and SUD is frequent in the hospital setting. Patients with SUD show more serious comorbidity than those with MD, while women with SUD show more serious comorbidity than those with MD.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2007|
- Mental disorder
- Substance use disorder