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Harm reduction

 
Get the Facts! A Video-Based Curriculum for the In- and Out-of-Treatment Substance Users with Hepatitis C
Program name: Get the Facts! A Video-Based Curriculum for the In- and Out-of-Treatment Substance Users with Hepatitis C
Population served: Selected substance users in all stages of recovery in the Oakland, CA area
Eligibility: Substance users who present at the O.A.S.I.S. (Organization to Achieve Solutions in Substance-Abuse) Clinic and are willing to enroll in various phases of an educational intervention.
Region served: Oakland, CA
Funding: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement
Program started: 2001
Number of clients: 550 clients in two separate groups: 100 vs. 450
Contact: Diana Sylvestre, MD
Executive Director
Organization to Achieve Solutions in Substance-Abuse
520 27th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-834-5442
Fax: 519-834-0916
Email: Diana.sylvestre@ucsf.edu
Website: www.oasisclinic.org
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Description:

The primary mission of O.A.S.I.S. is to provide low-cost, subsidized medical care, clinical research studies, and to develop and provide educational materials for medically marginalized former or current drug and alcohol users. We serve a multi-ethnic community, approximately 1/3 of whom are medically uninsured or underinsured and over 50% of whom have substance abuse histories including alcohol abuse of greater than 20 years duration. Our hepatitis C treatment services are available to all persons, regardless of how they contracted hepatitis C.

The current study entitled above is a well designed-brief education intervention for drug users to durably improve their knowledge of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, attitudes, and motivations toward healthy behaviors, and might also improve hepatitis C testing and hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccination rates.

There are two test populations with a two video curricula:

  • Out of treatment drug users at syringe exchange (100 people) who are shown a brief, 7 minute peer-based prevention education video and;
  • In-treatment drug users enrolled in methadone maintenance (450 people).

The project is still on-going, but current evaluation suggests that the video curriculum can lead to improvements in knowledge, attitudes, and motivations in both in- and out-of-treatment users. Further analyses, such as the impact of the intervention on HCV testing rates and hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccination rates are pending.

The videos are now available for viewing at the: HCV University website: www.hcvu.org/et_patient.php


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