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Table 4 Use of onwards referral in GP registered contacts related to substance misuse or mental illness

From: How Norwegian casualty clinics handle contacts related to mental illness: A prospective observational study

  Total
n = 853
Substance abuse
n = 292
Mental illness
n = 361
Mental illness/
substance abuse
n = 200
 
  n % n % n % n % p-value
No onwards referral 428 50.2 154 52.7 190 52.6 84 42.0 0.03
Onwards referral          
Out-patient treatment 121 14.0 45 15.4 54 15.0 22 11.0 0.33
  Somatic services 49 5.7 38 13.0 9 2.5 2 1.0 <0.001
  Regular GP 34 4.0 6 2.1 20 5.5 8 4.0 0.08
  Psychiatric services 31 3.6 1 0.3 23 6.4 7 3.5 <0.001
  Addiction treatment 1 0.1 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 0.5 N/A
  Others 6 0.7 0 0.0 2 0.6 4 2.0 N/A
In-patient treatment 290 34.0 87 29.8 117 32.4 86 43.0 <0.01
  Psychiatric wards 131 15.4 6 2.1 78 21.6 47 23.5 <0.001
  Medical wards 114 13.4 53 18.2 30 8.3 31 15.5 0.001
  Surgical wards 31 3.6 22 7.5 5 1.4 4 2.0 <0.001
  Community based wards 7 0.8 1 0.3 3 0.8 3 1.5 N/A
  Other somatic wards 6 0.7 4 1.4 1 0.3 1 0.5 N/A
  Addiction treatment 1 0.1 1 0.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 N/A
Police custody 19 2.2 6 2.1 4 1.1 9 4.5 0.03
  1. Onwards referral from the casualty clinics in GP registered contacts related to substance misuse or mental illness (n = 853). The columns add to more than 100% because some patients were referred to several services. Percentage denotes percentage of all patients in given category. Group differences were tested with Pearson’s chi-squared test. N/A marks when Pearson’s chi-squared test was non-applicable due to low expected cell-count.