Improving drug treatment services for hispanics

Research gaps and scientific opportunities

Margarita Alegría, J. Bryan Page, Helena Hansen, Ana Mari Cauce, Rafaela Robles, Carlos Blanco, Dharma E. Cortes, Hortensia Amaro, Armando Morales, Paige Berry

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    Delivery of services to Hispanic drug users remains a great challenge, as shown by low service access and retention, and disproportionate negative consequences of drug abuse in the Hispanic population. This paper provides a critical analysis of current services research on Hispanics with drug abuse problems, identifies gaps in the knowledge, and offers recommendations for scientific opportunities to address these gaps, focusing on four central needs: (1) the need to understand the circumstances of Hispanics in their own communities (i.e., community context); (2) the need to develop and test service delivery models tailored to Hispanics' circumstances and special needs; (3) the need to remove client, provider, and system barriers to utilization; and (4) the need to establish links between drug abuse services, social services, and other service sectors to optimize treatment outcomes. The authors suggest an approach that begins with a focus on the local Hispanic community and builds understanding of the cultural context, inclusion of indigenous resources, recognition of barriers to enrollment and retention, and coordination of related services.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
    Volume84
    Issue numberSUPPL.
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 2006

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    Drug therapy
    Hispanic Americans
    Research
    Pharmaceutical Preparations
    Substance-Related Disorders
    Therapeutics
    Drug Users
    Social Work
    Population

    Keywords

    • Ethnicity
    • Hispanics
    • Outcomes
    • Services
    • Treatment

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Toxicology
    • Pharmacology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health
    • Pharmacology (medical)

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    Alegría, M., Page, J. B., Hansen, H., Cauce, A. M., Robles, R., Blanco, C., ... Berry, P. (2006). Improving drug treatment services for hispanics: Research gaps and scientific opportunities. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 84(SUPPL.). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2006.05.009

    Improving drug treatment services for hispanics : Research gaps and scientific opportunities. / Alegría, Margarita; Page, J. Bryan; Hansen, Helena; Cauce, Ana Mari; Robles, Rafaela; Blanco, Carlos; Cortes, Dharma E.; Amaro, Hortensia; Morales, Armando; Berry, Paige.

    In: Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Vol. 84, No. SUPPL., 09.2006.

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    Alegría, M, Page, JB, Hansen, H, Cauce, AM, Robles, R, Blanco, C, Cortes, DE, Amaro, H, Morales, A & Berry, P 2006, 'Improving drug treatment services for hispanics: Research gaps and scientific opportunities', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 84, no. SUPPL.. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2006.05.009
    Alegría, Margarita ; Page, J. Bryan ; Hansen, Helena ; Cauce, Ana Mari ; Robles, Rafaela ; Blanco, Carlos ; Cortes, Dharma E. ; Amaro, Hortensia ; Morales, Armando ; Berry, Paige. / Improving drug treatment services for hispanics : Research gaps and scientific opportunities. In: Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2006 ; Vol. 84, No. SUPPL.
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