Education and counseling in the methadone treatment setting improves knowledge of viral hepatitis

Sandra E. Larios, Carmen L. Masson, Michael S. Shopshire, Jennifer Hettema, Ashly E. Jordan, Courtney McKnight, Christopher Young, Mandana Khalili, Randy M. Seewald, Albert Min, Nicholas Hengl, James L. Sorensen, Don C. Des Jarlais, David C. Perlman

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an educational method of providing viral hepatitis education for methadone maintenance patients. Four hundred forty participants were randomly assigned to either a control or a motivationally-enhanced viral hepatitis education and counseling intervention. Viral hepatitis A (HAV), B (HBV), and C (HCV) knowledge tests were administered at baseline, following each of two education sessions (post-education), and at a 3-month follow-up assessment. Results indicated a significant increase in knowledge of HAV, HBV, and HCV over time. No differences were found in knowledge between the intervention groups in knowledge acquisition regarding any of the hepatitis viruses suggesting that a motivational interviewing style may not augment hepatitis knowledge beyond standard counseling. A two-session viral hepatitis education intervention effectively promotes hepatitis knowledge and can be integrated in methadone treatment settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-531
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Education
  • Hepatitis
  • Knowledge
  • Methadone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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