Outpatient Quality Study Of Integrated Treatment Of Mental Illness And Substance Abuse

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Chapter IV: Data Collection Findings1


Pilot study2


Data Collection5

Data Analysis and Results10

Case Study Discussion & Analysis10

Direct Observation23

Review of Records29



Chapter V: Conclusion And Recommendations39


Interpretation of Key findings41

Srengths and Limitations of this study47

Implications for Theory and Research49

Implications for Practice50

Recommendation(s) for Future Research50

Summary and Conclusion of the thesis51


Chapter IV: Data Collection Findings


Building further upon the methodology highlighted in chapter III of this study, this chapter highlights the data collected or the findings. These findings are derived through using the data collection methods of direct observation, review of records and direct interviews using the PGWBI assessment tool. In addition, qualitative analysis of certain case studies is also presented. The purpose behind including case study analysis is help the researcher in analyzing the different and the common variables observed through review of records, observation and interviews. The data collection period spanned for around twelve months at Swope Health Central, a drug rehabilitation center that also deals with co-occurring disorders, located in Kansas City, MO. The data collected and analysis would identify main themes and trends of the patients of 18 to 25 years of age, spanning for up to almost a year.

This study investigates the potential benefits of an integrated model for treating 214 male and female adult patients experiencing the affliction of dual disorder of substance abuse and different forms of mental diseases, in an outpatient setting of Swope Health Services located in Kansas City, Missouri selected through convenience sampling. Using this sampling method a total of 86 patients were selected to become part of this research. More specific details about the data findings are discussed under each of the respective data methods heading. However, before progressing upon the discussion of the data findings, it is important to formally begin this chapter through outlining the pilot study of this research.

To highlight again, the main research questions used to achieve the objectives of this study include the following:

How does integrated treatment of dual diagnosis disorders enhance treatment outcomes and improve the quality of life?

What are the main challenges for the patients suffering from co-occurring disorders?

What are the key reasons for high occurrence of dual diagnosis disorders?

What are the key barriers faced for adopting of the integrated model for co-occurring disorders treatment?

Conversely, the hypothesis of this study and in general refers to the specific testable predications about the variables used in the study. Appropriate hypotheses are couched in terms of dependent and independent variables that are going to be used in the research (Moriarty, 2011). This study derives its research questions from the fact that the benefits of integrated treatment for dual-diagnosis disorders, especially for substance and mental disorders have long been underestimated and utilized in outpatient treatment facilities across the nation. Therefore, the hypothesis developed for this research includes the integrated treatment model can effectively and efficiently treat co-occurring disease of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders in young adult males and females, when compared to fragmented treatment ...