Drug treatment programs as sites of opportunity for the delivery of hepatitis C prevention education: Client and staff perspectives

Corrine E. Munoz-Plaza, Shiela M. Strauss, Janetta M. Astone, Don C. Des Jarlais, Holly Hagan

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Abstract

This paper uses qualitative methods to examine both staff and clients' perceptions about the delivery of hepatitis C prevention education services at their respective residential drug treatment programs. Through in-depth discussion with participants, as well as program observation, we elicited clients' and staff attitudes about the role that drug treatment programs can play in providing prevention education services for hepatitis C, their evaluation of existing hepatitis C prevention education services, and recommendations for enhancing future services. Although participants identified limitations to services, most perceive that treatment programs can play an important role in hepatitis C prevention education service delivery. Participants view clients' misconceptions about hepatitis C, increased disease stigma, and diminished service utilization as potential consequences of limited hepatitis C prevention education services. Recommendations for improving services include more detailed and frequent opportunities for hepatitis C education, formalizing services, offering education in multiple formats, and providing additional staff training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)861-878
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Drug Issues
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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