Predictors of post-release primary care utilization among HIV-positive prison inmates: A pilot study

A. J. Harzke, M. W. Ross, D. P. Scott

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The primary aims of this exploratory pilot study were (1) to determine the proportion of a sample of HIV-positive inmates utilizing primary care after recent release, and (2) to identify variables associated with utilization of primary care at the time of a post-release interview. Sixty HIV-positive, male and female state prison inmates were interviewed approximately three months prior to release, and 30 were interviewed again between seven and 21 days after release. Variables associated with having utilized primary care at the time of a post-release interview (χ2 p-values <0.20) included: taking anti-HIV medications at the time of release, no alcohol use since release, living in the same place as before incarceration and rating of housing situation as 'comfortable' or 'very comfortable'. For exploratory purposes, these variables were entered into a logistic regression model. The model correctly classified 80% of cases overall. Future studies are required to ascertain whether these results would obtain with a statistically adequate sample size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-301
Number of pages12
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2006

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the 2002 National AIDS Foundation Challenge Award and by Health Resources Services Administration, grant #U69 HA00062-02. Ms Harzke is supported by a Behavioral Science Education Cancer Prevention and Control grant from the National Cancer Institute/ NIH, #2R25CA57712. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice supported this research under Research Agreement #212-RM02. The opinions expressed herein are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or other supportive agencies or institutions.


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