Primary care affiliations of adults in a methadone program with onsite care

Alex Federman, Julia H. Arnsten

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Methadone maintenance treatment programs (MMTP) often provide onsite primary care. It is unclear whether patients in these settings consider the MMTP their usual source of care. We conducted cross-sectional interviews of 62 adults in an inner-city MMTP with onsite primary care to determine their usual source of care. Program enrollment ranged from 1 to 27 years (median, 4) and 63% attended >= 5 days per week. Seventy-six percent had >= 1 chronic disease. Only 53% reported having a usual source of care, which included hospital-based clinics (45%), the MMTP (23%), private physicians (19%), other sites (13%). Patients were more likely to identify the MMTP as their usual source of care if they had cardiovascular disease (RR 6.9, 95% CI 2.2 to 21.9) or HIV (RR 5.6, 95% CI 1.7 to 18.5). Successfully promoting appropriate utilization of onsite primary care may require a better understanding of MMTP patients' perceptions of primary care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-34
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007


  • Continuity of care
  • Methadone maintenance treatment programs
  • Onsite care
  • Preventive care
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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