Explaining differences in hepatitis C between U.S. veterans and nonveterans in treatment for substance abuse: results from a regression decomposition.

@article{Heslin2013ExplainingDI,
  title={Explaining differences in hepatitis C between U.S. veterans and nonveterans in treatment for substance abuse: results from a regression decomposition.},
  author={Kevin C Heslin and Erick G Guerrero and Michael N. Mitchell and Melissa K. Afable and Aram Dobalian},
  journal={Substance use & misuse},
  year={2013},
  volume={48 10},
  pages={
          854-62
        }
}
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is common among people with substance abuse histories and a burden for U.S. veterans in particular. This study compares self-reported HCV between 1,652 veterans and 48,013 nonveterans who received public-sector substance abuse treatment in Los Angeles between 2006 and 2010. A higher percentage of veterans than nonveterans reported HCV (6.5% vs. 3.8%, p < .0001). Homelessness and mental illness explained, respectively, 8.6% and 7.1% of the difference in HCV… CONTINUE READING
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