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Am J Psychiatry. 1996 Aug;153(8):1095-6.

Efficacy of enhanced outreach counseling to reenroll high-risk drug users 1 year after discharge from treatment.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Because discharged methadone maintenance patients represent a population at particularly high public health risk, the authors studied such patients 1 year after their discharge from a methadone program.

METHOD:

The locations of 94 of 110 discharged patients were successfully determined 1 year after discharge. Nine (10%) of these patients had died, 37 (39%) were already reenrolled in treatment, and 7 (7%) did not require treatment. The 41 remaining subjects were randomly assigned to either the enhanced outreach counseling condition (N = 27) or a standard referral condition (N = 14).

RESULTS:

Within 2 weeks following this intervention, 17 (63%) of the 27 patients in the enhanced outreach counseling program and one (7%) of the 14 patients not in the program had reenrolled in treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

These data suggest that enhanced outreach counseling may be an effective outreach strategy as well as a risk-reduction for discharged methadone maintenance patients.

PMID:
8678182
DOI:
10.1176/ajp.153.8.1095
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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