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Chronic Disease and Chemical Dependency Treatment in Primary Care Patients With Problem Drug Use.

Maynard C, Graves M, West II, Bumgardner K, Krupski A, Roy-Byrne P. Chronic Disease and Chemical Dependency Treatment in Primary Care Patients With Problem Drug Use. Journal of addictive diseases. 2015 Jan 1; 34(4):323-9.

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This article examines whether chronic disease is associated with chemical dependency treatment in primary care patients with problem drug use. Chronic disease was common in 781 disadvantaged individuals who had problem drug use and were seen in primary care clinics affiliated with a public safety-net hospital. Individuals had, on average, 5.4 chronic medical conditions, and overall 57% had low severity chronic disease. In the year following enrollment, 14% had chemical dependency treatment. Severity of chronic disease was not associated with chemical dependency treatment (p = .26). In summary, chronic disease neither hindered chemical dependency treatment, nor did it facilitate such treatment.

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