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Hoadley A , Bass SB , Brujaha J , D'Avanzo PA , Kelly PJ
Healthcare beliefs, health information seeking, and healthcare setting preferences among women who inject drugs by community supervision status
Health Justice. 2021 Apr 16;9(1) :10
PMID: 33864163    PMCID: PMC8052650   
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Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Women on community supervision who inject drugs have significant unmet healthcare needs. However, it remains unclear how the intersection of community supervision and injection drug use influences healthcare experiences and service setting preferences. The present study examines whether the intersection of community supervision and injection drug use is associated with differences in women's healthcare beliefs, healthcare experiences, and service setting preferences. METHODS: A secondary analysis was conducted on a previously collected sample of women who inject drugs recruited from a syringe exchange and social service organization for a cross-sectional survey. Participants (N = 64) were mostly White (75%), and more than a quarter were currently on probation or parole (26%). RESULTS: Independent samples t-tests and chi-square tests revealed no significant differences on sociodemographic variables by community supervision status. There were no significant differences by community supervision status across seven indicators of healthcare confidence (ps > .05). However, results revealed significant differences in past experiences and beliefs about healthcare, health information seeking, and healthcare setting preferences by community supervision status (ps < .05), where women on community supervision less frequently sought health information and medical care outside of emergency departments. CONCLUSIONS: Findings provide preliminary evidence about differences in the healthcare experiences and setting preferences of women who inject drugs on community supervision.
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2194-7899 Hoadley, Ariel Orcid: 0000-0003-1360-0358 Bass, Sarah Bauerle Brujaha, Jesse D'Avanzo, Paul A Kelly, Patrick J 1R34DA046305-01/DA/NIDA NIH HHS/United States Journal Article Health Justice. 2021 Apr 16;9(1):10. doi: 10.1186/s40352-021-00135-9.