for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study started
estimated completion
Constance M Weisner



This component of a larger Center of Research Excellence Grant improves treatment for drug abuse by developing effective linkages between specialty drug treatment and primary health care.


This is a longitudinal two-arm quasi-experimental 3-month alternating off/on design over a 30 month period in which, after a random start, the Linkage condition alternately is added to Usual Care in the Chemical Dependency (CD) clinic and then removed. We compare Usual Care to Usual Care plus Linkage. Follow-up interviews will be conducted at 6, 12 and 24 months. The Linkage intervention includes Usual Care plus 1) sessions on activation regarding overall health behaviors and on selecting a Primary Care physician and communicating with him/her, and 2) a linkage phone call (and/or a facilitated email) with the patient, clinician, and Primary Care physician. The intervention aims to place drug abuse problems in the context of overall health and health care and to activate patients to increase involvement in their own health care.


Substance Abuse Substance Dependence Substance, Addiction Alcohol Abuse prevention and control preventative health services patient centered care Behavior, Addictive Substance-Related Disorders Alcoholism Linkage patient activation intervention


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Research participants will be adult patients at the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Chemical Dependency Recovery Program, who have completed 2 weeks of treatment.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Patients with a diagnosis of dementia, mental retardation, or who are actively psychotic or suicidal will be excluded by their clinician.


  • Kaiser Permanente, Chemical Dependency Recovery Program
    San Francisco California 94115 United States

Lead Scientist


in progress, not accepting new patients
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University of California, San Francisco
Curley B. Positive prognosis for addiction treatment in healthcare reform Join Together. Jul 26, 2009.
Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion Control. State Prescription Drug Monitoring, Updated Nov 2008. Accessed Sep 24,
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