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QUESTION: In men with alcohol related illness who were ongoing drinkers, does integrated outpatient treatment (IOT) increase abstinence, remission of alcohol dependence, quality of life, and survival?
Randomised (allocation concealed*), unblinded,* controlled trial with 2 year follow up.
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
105 men (mean age 55 y) who had severe alcohol related medical illness and had been drinking heavily in the previous 6 months. Exclusion criteria were inability or unwillingness to attend monthly visits, non-alcohol related illness with poor prognosis, severe dementia, major psychiatric disorder other than depression, current substance abuse other than alcohol, or civil commitment to treatment or pending commitment. Follow up was 96%.
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