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Barriers to Providing Health Services for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C Virus Infection and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs in the United States.

Journal of Addictive Diseases 2011;30(2):98–109. [doi: 10.1080/10550887.2011.554780]

Edmund J. Bini, MD, MPH (VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, GNY Node), Steven Allan Kritz, MD (Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation, GNY Node), Lawrence S. Brown Jr., MD, MPH (Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation, GNY Node), James A. Robinson, MEd (Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, GNY Node), Donald Alderson, MS (New York State Psychiatric Institute, NY Node), John Rotrosen, MD (New York University, GNY Node).

In this study, researchers and clinicians sought to identify barriers to offering services for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C virus, and sexually transmitted infections in substance abuse treatment programs. They surveyed treatment program administrators and clinicians within the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network to evaluate the availability of medical and non-medical services for patients with or at risk for acquiring these infections. A substantial proportion of programs do not offer services (particularly medical services) for these infections. The most commonly cited barriers were funding, health insurance benefits, patient acceptance, and staff training. The findings highlight a missed opportunity to positively impact these infectious disease epidemics. (Article, Peer-Reviewed, PDF, English, 2011)

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

Document No: 554, PMID: 21491291, PMCID: PMC3102428.

Submitted by Jack Blaine, MD, NIDA, 4/12/2011.

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