Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2006;30:315-321. [doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2006.02.006]
Lawrence S. Brown Jr., MD, MPH (Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation, NY Node), Steven Allan Kritz, MD (Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation, NY Node), R. Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD (Cincinnati VA Medical Center, OV Node), Edmund J. Bini, MD, MPH (VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, NYU School of Medicine, NY Node), John Rotrosen, MD (VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, NYU School of Medicine, NY Node), Sherryl Baker, PhD (Nathan Kline Institute), James A. Robinson, MEd (Nathan Kline Institute), Patrick McAuliffe, MBA, LADC (Connecticut Renaissance, NE Node).
Illicit drug users sustain the epidemics of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C (HCV), and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Substance abuse treatment programs present a major intervention point in stemming these epidemics. As a part of the Infections and Substance Abuse study (CTN-0012), three surveys were developed: for treatment program administrators, for clinicians, and for state and District of Columbia health and substance abuse department administrators, capturing service availability, government mandates, funding, and other key elements related to the three infection groups. Treatment programs varied in corporate structure, source of revenue, patient census, and medical and non-medical staffing; medical services, counseling services, and staff education targeted HIV/AIDS more often than HCV or STIs. The results from this study have the potential to generate hypotheses for further health services research to inform public policy.(Article (Peer-Reviewed), PDF, English, 2006)
Keywords: Community health services | Health services research | Hepatitis C | HIV/AIDS | Research design | Sexually transmitted diseases | Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (journal)
Document No: 100, PMID: 16716846, PMCID: PMC2535811
Submitted by Lawrence S. Brown Jr., MD, MPH, Lead Investigator (6/8/2005).