Joan Carles March

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AIM This study aimed to assess the efficacy of the prescription of intravenous diacetylmorphine (DAM) versus oral methadone with medical and psychosocial support, with a view of improving physical and mental health as well as social integration among socially excluded, opioid-dependent individuals for whom standard treatments have failed. DESIGN This(More)
BACKGROUND To analyze self-reported prevalence of HCV and HIV in a sample of socially excluded injecting drug users, as well as factors associated with the presence of these diseases. METHODS Cross-sectional study. Data were collected with a structured, face-to-face questionnaire by outreach workers and privileged access interviewers in 1131 participants(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyse existing problems in health care to economic immigrants from the point of view of health and social professionals, health authorities and economic immigrants and to know which will be their proposals and priorities to improve economic immigrants's health assistance. METHODS Qualitative approach study made in Majorca island. (Spain).(More)
AIM To describe social characteristics seen among socially excluded drug users in 10 cities from 9 European countries, and identify which social exclusion indicators (i.e. housing, employment, education) are most closely linked to intravenous drug use. DESIGN Cross-sectional survey. SETTING Interviews were held in social services centers, town halls,(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the linkage between material deprivation and mortality from all causes, for men and women separately, in the capital cities of the provinces in Andalusia and Catalonia (Spain). METHODS A small-area ecological study was devised using the census section as the unit for analysis. 188,983 Deaths occurring in the capital cities of the(More)
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS In 2003, a randomised controlled trial comparing injected diacetylmorphine and oral methadone was carried out in Andalusia, Spain. The subsequent follow-up study evaluated the health and drug use status of participants, 2 years after the completion of the trial. DESIGN AND METHODS This follow-up cohort study was carried out between(More)
This cross-sectional study was carried out in two Spanish prisons. A group of 177 HIV-infected prison inmates were interviewed. Standardized personal interviews using a structured questionnaire were conducted to assess sociodemographic features and prison setting characteristics, clinical variables, social support and drug consumption. A simplified(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe young people's use of condoms in penetrative vaginal intercourse, and to identify the factors associated with this use. METHOD The information was collected using a self-administered questionnaire put in 1,000 people between 14 and 24 years of age resident in the region of Andalusia (Spain). The results of the sample were(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to compare the emotional climate, quality of communication and performance indicators in a clinical management unit and two traditional hospital services. MATERIAL AND METHODS Quantitative study. INSTRUMENT questionnaire of 94 questions. PARTICIPANTS 83 health professionals (63 responders) from the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the risk of latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) among contacts of smokers with tuberculosis (TB). METHODS A study was conducted to determine the prevalence of LTBI among contacts of TB cases aged >14 years in Catalonia, Spain. A survey was carried out for each TB case and their contacts. LTBI was diagnosed using the tuberculin skin(More)