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Date of Award

11-1976

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Epidemiology

Supervisor

L. Gerson

Abstract

This thesis is a report of the evaluation of an industrial alcoholic rehabilitation program. The evaluation covered the years 1970 - 1974 inclusive and all those referred to the program were included in the sample.

Since employed problem drinkers are identified by deteriorating job performance, the variables selected for investigation were directly related to job performance. Absenteeism in four categories and visits to the industrial medical clinic were compared for three years; the year before referral, the year of treatment and the year after referral. Number of accidents sustained, both occupational and non-occupational and number of suspensions incurred were compared for the year before referral and the year after referral.

Information was collected on age, marital status, number of years employed in the industry and diagnosis of one or more selected alcohol-related conditions. Data were collected on the number of appointments scheduled and kept to determine compliance and its' relationship to outcome.

Those win refused to enter the program are described by mean age and mean number of years worked in the industry. Those who dropped out of the program before completing one full year post-referral are described by mean age, marital status, number of dependents, mean number or years worked in the industry and the mean number of months between referral and drop-out.

The evaluation demonstrated that the program has a 78.8% success rate. The data obtained led to the formulation of hypotheses suitable for testing in future controlled trials.

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