The extent to which psychiatrists diagnose and treat substance use disorders
Mark, T. L., & Meinhofer, A. (2018). The extent to which psychiatrists diagnose and treat substance use disorders. Psychiatric Services, 69(3), 250. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.201700457
At least 20% of adults with mental health conditions have a co-occurring substance use disorder (1). Among individuals with co-occurring disorders, 80% receive only mental health treatment, with no substance abuse treatment (1). To begin to understand how psychiatrists might help close this treatment gap, we examined the percentage of office visits to psychiatrists involving substance use disorder diagnoses or prescriptions to treat them.