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New program successful in reducing service and substance use among frequent health care users
Date:5/14/2013

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Dr. Stergiopoulos led the program evaluation, published online in the journal Substance Use and Misuse this month.

Based on interviews with clients and a review of records from the Withdrawal Management System, the results found a statistically significant decreases in service use, alcohol and drug use. Clients also described increased access to primary and psychiatric care and increased collaboration with various stakeholders within the wider system of care.

Dr. Stergiopoulos said the goal is to divert care for these patients from a place like the emergency department to the community because it can improve outcomes for both the patients and the system.

"This model worked well in the city of Toronto, and may be considered in other large urban centres that face similar challenges with frequent service users who have alcohol and drug related problems, often complicated by homelessness and lack of support and resources," she said.


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Contact: Kate Taylor
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St. Michael's Hospital
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