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Table 2 Characteristics of new treatment episodes of substance use problems by data source: the TDI subpopulation referred/motivated by caregivers and the SGP population, Belgium 2016–7

From: General practice patients starting treatment for substance use problems: observations from two data sources across levels of care

 TDI subpopulation of patients referred by caregivers (N = 16,543)SGP population (N = 314)
 n/valid N%n/valid N%
Sex
 Man11,476/16,54369.5220/31470.1
Age
  < 20674/16,5434.114/3124.5
 20–292982/16,54318.135/31211.2
 30–394518/16,54327.467/31221.5
 40+8327/16,54350.5196/31262.8
Highest educational level completed
 None or primary3865/13,87727.9  
 Secondary7519/13,87754.2  
 Tertiary2493/13,87718.0  
Recent stable accommodation13,075/16,21980.6  
Recently employed3394/14,98922.6135/29246.2
Region
 Flanders9936/16,54360.0198/31463.1
 Wallonia4495/16,54327.182/31426.1
 Brussels2112/16,54312.834/31410.8
Previous treatment10,952/16,03968.3178/28263.1
Type of substance use
 Alcohol only (I)7354/16,54344.5176/31456.1
 Pharmaceuticals (and alcohol) (II)1047/16,5436.346/31414.7
 Cannabis only/primarily (III-a)2077/16,54312.630/3149.6
 Street drugs minus cannabis primarily (III-b)6065/16,54336.762/31419.8
Mono-substance use10,427/16,54363.0254/31480.9
Recent use of primary/only substance
 No use in last 30 days2193/15,57614.112/2584.7
  ≤ 1 day a week923/15,5765.98/2583.1
 2–3 days a week1386/15,5768.916/2586.2
 4–6 days/week1775/15,57611.422/2588.5
 Daily9299/15,57659.7200/25877.5
Type of treatment   
 Outpatient treatment5254/16,54331.8
 Inpatient treatment:
  Inpatient, non-hospital2064/16,54312.5
  Psychiatric hospital3897/16,54323.6
  General hospital (psychiatric service)5220/16,54331.6
  Treatment for criminal law offenders108/16,5430.7
Source of referral
 GP4515/16,54327.3
 Care services for substance use problems2349/16,54314.2
 Hospital5277/16,54331.9
 Medical-psycho-social services4402/16,54326.6