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Schutt RK, Ellison ML, Chinman M, Mitchell-Miland C, McCarthy S, Shah M, Schultz MR. Health service preferences among veterans in supported housing in relation to needs expressed and services used. Journal of mental health (Abingdon, England). 2019 Mar 12; 1-9.
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Abstract: BACKGROUND: Understanding consumer service preferences is important for recovery-oriented care. AIMS: To test the influence of perceived service needs on importance attached to treatment for alcohol, drug, mental health, and physical health problems and identify the influence of service needs and preferences on service use. METHODS: Formerly homeless dually diagnosed Veterans in supported housing were surveyed in three waves for 1 year, with measures of treatment interests, health problems, social support, clinician-assessed risk of housing loss, and sociodemographics. Multiple regression analysis was used to identify independent influences on preferences in each wave. Different health services at the VA were distinguished in administrative records and baseline predictors for services used throughout the project were identified with multiple regression analysis. RESULTS: Self-assessed problem severity was associated with the importance of treatment for alcohol, drug, mental health, and physical health problems. Social support also had some association with treatment interest for alcohol abuse, as did baseline clinician risk rating at the project's end. Preferences, but not perceived problem severity, predicted the use of the corresponding health services. CONCLUSIONS: The health beliefs model of service interests was supported, but more integrated service delivery models may be needed to strengthen the association of health needs with service use.

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