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This study aims to estimate the effect of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment completion on the risk of being readmitted to a SUD treatment in Chile.
We found that completing the treatment cuts readmission risk for the first event by 17% and by 14% for the second entry in ambulatory treatments. We did not find evidence that completing a treatment reduces the readmission risk for residential treatments or third attempt in ambulatory ones.
We conducted a retrospective analysis on a database of 107,559 treatment episodes from 85,048 adult patients admitted to SUD treatment during 2010-2019 in Chile.