Obsessive Compulsive Drinking Scale Craving Scores Predict 24-Month Outcome in Alcoholic Outpatients

This study was conducted to replicate previous findings on the predictive value of a German version of the Obsessive Compulsive Drinking Scale (OCDS) by investigating 24-month treatment outcome in an outpatient setting.

This was a prospective, observational study with 92 alcohol-dependent patients. The OCDS was used to assess craving at the end of treatment, and at the 6-, 12-, and 24-month follow-ups. Univariate and logistic regression analyses were performed.

  • Of the 67 patients interviewed at the 24-month follow-up, 58% were abstinent and 79% improved.
  • OCDS scores were higher in patients with a less favorable outcome.
  • In line with previous findings, our results showed that the intensity of craving as measured by the OCDS may predict outcome in outpatient alcoholics.

Michael Soyka, MD, Claudia Helten, Peggy Schmidt, PhD. The American Journal on Addictions. Volume 19 Issue 3, Pages 264 – 269. OCDS Craving Scores Predict 24-Month Outcome in Alcoholic Outpatients

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