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Binswanger IA, Whitley E, Haffey PR
A patient navigation intervention for drug-involved former prison inmates.
The researchers designed a randomized controlled trial of patient navigation to reduce barriers to health care and hospitalizations for former prison inmates. They found recruitment of former inmates highly feasible, but found that follow-up was limited by rearrests. They concluded that their results suggest a significantly lower rate of hospitalizations among navigation participants, although the rate of emergency department/urgent care visits was not improved.
Citation: Binswanger IA, Whitley E, Haffey PR . A patient navigation intervention for drug-involved former prison inmates. Subst Abus 2015;36(1):34-41. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2014.932320.
Keywords: Access to Care, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Healthcare Utilization, Hospitalization, Substance Abuse