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Table 4 Episodic drug treatment outcome (discharged drug free and drop out) by referral source

From: Trends in drop out, drug free discharge and rates of re-presentation: a retrospective cohort study of drug treatment clients in the North West of England

Year of treatment outcome Referral source Outcome of treatment episode
   All episodes Episodes for people not in treatment the previous year
   Discharged drug free Dropped out Discharged drug free Dropped out
   N % N % N % N %
1998 Criminal Justice 11 30.6 25 69.4 -- -- -- --
  Non-Criminal Justice 292 43.5 380 56.5 -- -- -- --
  Within year comparison P = 0.128 --
1999 Criminal Justice 33 37.5 55 62.5 16 27.6 42 72.4
  Non-Criminal Justice 444 59.6 301 40.4 172 66.7 86 33.3
  Within year comparison P < 0.001 P < 0.001
2000/01* Criminal Justice 20 15.5 109 84.5 11 12.9 74 87.1
  Non-Criminal Justice 272 41.9 377 58.1 142 40.5 209 59.5
  Within year comparison P < 0.001 P < 0.001
2001/02 Criminal Justice 25 14.0 153 86.0 18 15.1 101 84.9
  Non-Criminal Justice 335 30.9 749 69.1 167 28.7 414 71.3
  Within year comparison P < 0.001 P = 0.002
  1. *Reporting changed from UK calendar to financial year to adhere to new national requirements.
  2. 1998 was the first year of analysis. It is therefore not possible to differentiate between 'all episodes' and 'episodes for people not in treatment the previous year' for this annual cohort.