Julie Witas

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BACKGROUND Substance dependence treatment is often episodic and not well coordinated with healthcare for common comorbidities. Chronic disease/care management (CDM), longitudinal, patient-centered care delivered by multidisciplinary health professionals, may be well suited to treat substance dependence (SD). OBJECTIVE To examine initiation and engagement(More)
BACKGROUND This study examined patterns of treatment entry by Puerto Rican, Central American, Dominican, and other Latino male injection drug users (IDUs) in the state of Massachusetts over the time period 1996-2002. Specifically, it explored whether these populations had different patterns relative to three paths: entry into detoxification only, entry into(More)
Utilizing a longitudinal database (1996-2002) with all intake information from entries to all licensed drug treatment programs in Massachusetts (N = 27,801), this study examined factors associated with multiple detoxification admissions by injection drug users (IDUs). Four logistic regression models were developed. Although our hypothesis was that the(More)
We examined the effect of the quality of primary care-based chronic disease management (CDM) for alcohol and/or other drug (AOD) dependence on addiction outcomes. We assessed quality using (1) a visit frequency based measure and (2) a self-reported assessment measuring alignment with the chronic care model. The visit frequency based measure had no(More)
We describe universal screening in a large urban hospitalbased primary care practice. Trained staff aimed to screen all adult patients presenting for primary care visits between July 2010 and February 2011. Screening included three items about past three-month drug use: frequency of heavy drinking (>3 standard drinks in a day for women and >4 for men); any(More)
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