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Table 2 Predictors of topiramate prescription and receipt of specialty care for alcohol use disorders in the Veterans Health Administration, fiscal year 2011

From: Prescription of topiramate to treat alcohol use disorders in the Veterans Health Administration

   Topiramate (N = 5454)
Variable Total N N %
Gender    
  Male (reference) 360,434 4662 1.29
  Female 15,231 792 5.20*
Age    
  >55 (reference) 207,657 1904 0.92
  30-55 143,805 3069 2.13*
  <30 24,315 481 1.98*
Alcohol diagnosis    
  Dependence (reference) 238,995 3892 1.63
  Abuse 134,034 1540 1.15*
Specialty care    
  None (reference) 105,549 248 0.23
  Mental health 158,624 2798 1.76*
  Addiction 10,532 52 0.49*
  Both (mental health & addiction) 101,072 2356 2.33*
Psychiatric comorbidity    
  None (reference) 188,762 897 0.48
  Bipolar disorder 12,110 371 3.06*
  Depression 42,296 748 1.77*
  PTSD 61,665 1088 1.76*
  PTSD & depression 35,570 1141 3.21*
  Schizophrenia 9587 121 1.26*
  Other/multiple 25,787 1088 4.22*
  1. Note: * indicates p < .05 for the difference between the indicated group and the reference group in single predictor generalized linear mixed model with random effect for VHA facility.