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NCJ Number: 230010 Find in a Library
Title: Willingness of Facial Injury Patients to Change Causal Substance Using Behaviors
Journal: Substance Abuse  Volume:31  Issue:1  Dated:January-March 2010  Pages:35-42
Author(s): Debra A. Murphy, Ph.D.; Vivek Shetty, D.D.S.; Corwin Zigler, M.A.; Judith Resell, Ph.D.; Dennis-Duke Yamashita, D.D.S.
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: R01 DA016850
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study surveyed substance using patients to determine how many recognized they had a problem, and whether they had previously received treatment for their substance use problems.
Abstract: Many injuries due to interpersonal violence among patients presenting to urban trauma centers for treatment are preventable, with alcohol and illicit drug use presenting as common antecedent risk factors. However, many patients with such problems do not seek treatment. Substance use patients were surveyed to determine how many recognized they had a problem and whether they had previously received treatment for substance use problems. Almost 60 percent of the patients treated for a facial injury screened for problem alcohol use, and slightly more than 25 percent screened for problem drug use. Only approximately one-third of patients indicated any movement towards dealing with these problems and of these, only 20 percent had actually sought treatment. Employment had an effect on treatment seeking, with fewer employed patients seeking help. Utilizing the critical window of opportunity for emergency department (ED) personnel to make referrals may have an impact on treatment seeking for problem level substance use. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Drug treatment
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Drug abuse; Drug treatment programs; Treatment; Treatment/Therapeutic Community
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