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Substance Abuse Treatment Clinician Opinions and Infectious Disease Service Delivery.

Journal of Addictive Diseases 2009;28:8-12. [doi: 10.1080/10550880802544625]

Kathlene Tracy, PhD (New York University School of Medicine, NY Node), Lawrence S. Brown, Jr., MD, MPH (Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation, NY Node), Steven Allan Kritz, MD (Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation, NY Node), Donald Alderson, MS (New York State Psychiatric Institute, NY Node), James A. Robinson, MEd (Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, NY/LI Node), Edmund J. Bini, MD, MPH (VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, NY Node), Michael S. Levy, PhD (CAB Health and Recovery Services, NNE Node), Donald A. Calsyn, PhD (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, PN Node), Traci R. Rieckmann, PhD (Oregon Health & Science University, OR/HI Node), Bret E. Fuller, PhD (Oregon Health & Science University, OR/HI Node), Patrick McAuliffe, MBA, LADC (Connecticut Renaissance, Inc., NE Node), John Rotrosen, MD (New York University, NY Node).

Substance abuse treatment programs are an important platform for delivery of services for infectious diseases (ID) associated with drug and alcohol use. However, important components of ID care are not universally provided. Clinician training often focuses on information about ID. Less attention is paid to provider opinions and attitudes that may be barriers to providing ID services. In a national multi-site trial conducted by the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN), protocol CTN-0012, we investigated the relationship between clinician opinions and the delivery of services for human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis C virus, and sexually transmitted infections in substance abuse treatment settings. Survey data were collected from 1,723 clinicians at 269 CTN treatment programs. Clinician opinion was found to be significantly related to infectious disease service delivery. Implications for training are discussed. (Article (Peer-Reviewed), PDF, English, 2009)

Keywords: Attitudes of health personnel | Community health services | Counselors | Health services research | Hepatitis C | HIV/AIDS | Sexually transmitted diseases | Journal of Addictive Diseases (journal)

Document No: 292, PMID: 19197590, PMCID: PMC3102438.

Submitted by Quandra Scudder, NIDA (2/6/2009).

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