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This retrospective case control study collected data on socio-economic and deprivation factors and service use of clients with and without co morbid mental health and substance misuse problems. The study aimed to provide information on the characteristics of those with co morbid mental health and substance misuse problems to enable local services to identify 'vulnerable clients' and to plan appropriate interventions and provision for this group.

Main Topics/Subject Category
The file includes 91 variables, providing information on demographic and social characteristics (e.g. age, gender, marital status, ethnicity, educational level, employment), family background (e.g. history of mental illness and substance misuse, vulnerabilities in childhood), medical/psychiatric history and substances used, forensic history, and details of engagement with services.
East Anglia (region), abuse, age, alcoholism, arrest, assault, behavioural problems, broken families, child care, child psychology, children community health services, convictions (legal), death, drug abuse, drug addiction, economic activity, educational background, employment history, ethnic groups, gender, health, health advice, health risks, health services, homelessness, hospital outpatient services, hospitalization, housing tenure, income, learning disabilities, marital status, medical care, medical diagnosis, medical history, medicinal drugs, mental disorders, mental health, offences, prescription drugs, prison sentences, psychiatry, qualifications, residential mobility, school punishments, self-help groups, suicide, truancy
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking
Area of Health System
Secondary care
Disease Area
Mental health
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
University of Essex. Department of Health and Human Sciences and North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1999, 2000
Unit of Analysis

Male and female clients of a mental health trust in East Anglia who were engaged with Drug and Alcohol Services (DAS) in 1999 and 2000, and clients engaged with Adult Mental Health Services (AMH) in 2000. All were aged between 18 and 65. 590 cases

ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access