Social support networks and medical service use among HIV-positive injection drug users: implications to intervention.

@article{Knowlton2005SocialSN,
  title={Social support networks and medical service use among HIV-positive injection drug users: implications to intervention.},
  author={Amy Ruth Knowlton and Wei Wen Hua and Carl A. Latkin},
  journal={AIDS care},
  year={2005},
  volume={17 4},
  pages={
          479-92
        }
}
The study used network analysis to identify forms and sources of social support associated with a medical services use among a medically underserved population living with HIV/AIDS. Participants were African American former or current injection drug users (n=295; 34% female, 45% current drug users and 17% AIDS diagnosed). Outcomes were access to the same medical provider, use of outpatient services and emergency room (ER) use with or without subsequent hospitalization. Controlling for AIDS… CONTINUE READING
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