Primary preventive health care among injection drug users, other sustained drug users, and non-users

Dale D. Chitwood, Jesus Sanchez, Mary Comerford, Clyde B. McCoy

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Abstract

The primary objective of this paper is to investigate the relationship between sustained illicit drug use and the utilization of primary preventive health care. Data from 1254 African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and non-Hispanic/Latino white men and women collected in 1996-1997 were analyzed to determine independent risk factors for the utilization of primary preventive health care that was not received as a result of seeking treatment for a specific health condition. When several demographic, health, and drug use variables were assessed in a logistic regression model, gender, ethnicity, health insurance status, drug use, and alcohol use were independently associated with primary preventive care. Women, Hispanic/Latinos, and persons who had health insurance were more likely to have received primary preventive health care while injection drug users, other sustained drug users, and "heavy" alcohol users were less likely to have used primary preventive health care services in the past year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)807-823
Number of pages17
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume36
Issue number6-7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

  • Health care
  • Injection drug users
  • Preventive health care
  • Substance misuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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