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released: 9 Jun 2005 author: AIHW

Under Australia's National Illicit Drug Strategy, a National Comorbidity Initiative was established to improve service coordination and treatment outcomes for people with coexisting mental health and substance use disorders. A priority area under this Initiative is to improve data systems and collections methods within the mental health and alcohol and other drug sectors to manage comorbidity more effectively.This project, commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, identifies, reviews and reports on the current state of data collections relating to people with coexisting substance use and mental health disorders ('comorbidity') in Australia.

ISSN 1442-7230; ISBN 978 1 74024 469 5; Cat. no. PHE 60; 257pp.; FREE

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (173K PDF)
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Lists of tables and appendix collection summaries
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (405K PDF)
      1. Purpose of project
      2. Scope of project
      3. Analytical framework for the assessment of data collections
    2. What are the key questions and information needs in relation to comorbidity?
      1. Literature review
      2. Key questions highlighted in literature
    3. Data sources relating to comorbidity
      1. Relevant data sources
      2. Descriptions of relevant data sources
      3. Key data sources
    4. Comparative analysis of key data sources
      1. Comparability of key data sources in terms of methodology, scope, coverage, timing and collection counts
      2. Comparability of key data sources in terms of data items
    5. Answering the key questions in relation to comorbidity
      1. To what extent can the key questions be answered?
    6. Improving information about comorbidity
      1. Improving usefulness of existing data
      2. Improving the analytical power of existing data
      3. Future possibilities
      4. Dissemination
      5. Conclusion
  • End matter

Recommended citation

AIHW 2005. National comorbidity initiative: a review of data collections relating to people with coexisting substance use and mental health disorders. Cat. no. PHE 60. Canberra: AIHW.

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