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Expanding harm reduction services through a wound and abscess clinic.

TitleExpanding harm reduction services through a wound and abscess clinic.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsGrau, Lauretta E., Silvia Arevalo, Christopher Catchpool, and Robert Heimer
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Date Published2002 Dec
KeywordsAbscess, Adult, Aged, Attitude of Health Personnel, Community Networks, Female, Harm Reduction, HIV Infections, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Needle-Exchange Programs, Patient Education as Topic, Preventive Health Services, Program Evaluation, San Francisco, Sexual Behavior, Soft Tissue Infections, Substance Abuse, Intravenous, Wound Infection
AbstractA wound and abscess clinic, held concurrently with a syringe exchange, provided economical treatment and aftercare for injection-associated soft tissue infections. During 20 two-hour clinic sessions, 173 treatment episodes were logged, and the visit cost was estimated at $5 per patient. Increased patient-clinician interactions provided opportunities beyond those afforded by the syringe exchange for patients to obtain resources and referrals to services such as HIV counseling and testing, medical care, and drug treatment. Distribution of cards advertising the clinic was substantially less effective than word of mouth in increasing community awareness of the clinic.
Alternate JournalAm J Public Health

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