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Knowledge about Hepatitis-C among methadone maintenance treatment patients in Israel.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20025439     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ignorance about Hepatitis-C (HCV) among drug users, treatment staff, and policy makers thwarts treatment uptake and facilitates virus transmission. We assessed knowledge about HCV among methadone patients in Israel, where effective HCV-treatment is provided at low-cost within the national health insurance framework, yet few infected methadone patients are treated. In 2006, 512 patients in two methadone clinics in Israel were interviewed, of whom 53% were HCV-positive. The clinics were purposively selected from the 11 methadone clinics in the country. Respondents exhibited poor knowledge about HCV, particularly about diagnosis and treatment. Lesser-educated respondents were three times more likely to score low on HCV-knowledge compared to those with 12+ years of schooling (AOR = 2.97, 95% CI = 1.5-5.7. HCV-negative patients were also three-times more likely than HCV-positive patients to score low on the HCV-knowledge scale (Adjusted Odds Ratio = 3.0, 95% Confidence Interval = 1.9-4.7). Enhancing HCV-knowledge may help patients avoid becoming infected and infecting others, allay exaggerated fears about hepatitis, and facilitate HCV-treatment initiation among those infected.
Rinat Cohen-Moreno; Miriam Schiff; Shabtay Levitt; Rachel Bar-Hamburger; Shiela Strauss; Yehuda Neumark
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Substance use & misuse     Volume:  45     ISSN:  1532-2491     ISO Abbreviation:  Subst Use Misuse     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-22     Completed Date:  2010-03-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9602153     Medline TA:  Subst Use Misuse     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  58-76     Citation Subset:  IM    
Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Drug Users / psychology*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Hepatitis C / prevention & control,  psychology*
Methadone / therapeutic use*
Middle Aged
Opioid-Related Disorders / drug therapy,  psychology*
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