Substance abuse treatment clinician opinions and infectious disease service delivery

Kathlene Tracy, Lawrence S. Brown, Steven Kritz, Donald Alderson, Jim Robinson, Edmund J. Bini, Michael Levy, Donald Calsyn, Traci Rieckmann, Bret Fuller, Pat McAuliffe, John Rotrosen

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Substance abuse treatment programs are an important platform for delivery of services for infectious diseases associated with drug and alcohol use. However, important components of infectious disease care are not universally provided. Clinician training often focuses on information about infectious diseases and less attention is paid to provider opinions and attitudes that may be barriers to providing infectious diseases services. In a national multi-site trial conducted by the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN), we investigated the relationship between clinician opinions and the delivery of services for human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis C virus, and sexually transmitted infections in substance abuse treatment settings. Survey data were collected from 1,723 clinicians at 269 CTN treatment programs. Clinician opinion was found to be significantly related to infectious disease service delivery. Implications for training are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-12
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Infectious disease treatment
  • Opinions
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STI)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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