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Member Research and Reports

BU Study Finds Patients Value Programs Integrating Medical and Substance Use Treatment

A new study co-authored by Boston University School of Public Health researchers found that having an interdisciplinary team provide substance use disorder treatment, HIV risk reduction, and case management services in a primary care setting has the potential to greatly enhance care for people who might otherwise have unmet treatment needs. The study, published in AIDS Patient Care and STDs, found that integration of care was generally viewed positively; that buprenorphine treatment for opioid dependence was an important motivator for patient participation; and that case management helped improve participants’ quality of life. Additional HIV risk-reduction counseling and education were found to be of limited value.