Decision tree for the management of substance-abusing psychiatric patients

Joanne Intrator, Edward Allan, Marc Palmer

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This paper describes a short-term approach developed at a time of numerous drug-related incidents occuring at a large VA Hospital to help staff manage psychiatric patients abusing alcohol or drugs during hospitalization. This was accomplished through the development of a decision tree designed to improve the clinical problem-solving process by identifying key decision points. Prior to this, staff responded emotionally either by prematurely discharging patients or by not recognizing the problem at all. Decision Trees have widespread applicability for resolving complex clinical problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-220
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • addiction and mental illness
  • algorithm, mentally ill addicts
  • decision tree
  • dual diagnosis


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