HELPrct: Health Evaluation and Linkage to Primary Care

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The HELP study was a clinical trial for adult inpatients recruited from a detoxification unit. Patients with no primary care physician were randomized to receive a multidisciplinary assessment and a brief motivational intervention or usual care, with the goal of linking them to primary medical care.




Data frame with 453 observations on the following variables.


Eligible subjects were adults, who spoke Spanish or English, reported alcohol, heroin or cocaine as their first or second drug of choice, resided in proximity to the primary care clinic to which they would be referred or were homeless. Patients with established primary care relationships they planned to continue, significant dementia, specific plans to leave the Boston area that would prevent research participation, failure to provide contact information for tracking purposes, or pregnancy were excluded.

Subjects were interviewed at baseline during their detoxification stay and follow-up interviews were undertaken every 6 months for 2 years. A variety of continuous, count, discrete, and survival time predictors and outcomes were collected at each of these five occasions.

This data set is a subset of the HELPmiss data set restricted to the 453 subjects who were fully observed on the age, cesd, d1, female, sex, g1b, homeless, i1, i2, indtot, mcs, pcs, pss_fr, racegrp, satreat, substance, treat, and sexrisk variables. (There is some missingness in the other variables.) HELPmiss contains 17 additional subjects with partially observed data on some of these baseline variables. This is also a subset of the HELPfull data which includes 5 timepoints and many additional variables.


The \code{HELPrct} data set was originally named \code{HELP} but has 
been renamed to avoid confusion with the \code{help} function.



Samet JH, Larson MJ, Horton NJ, Doyle K, Winter M, and Saitz R. Linking alcohol and drug-dependent adults to primary medical care: A randomized controlled trial of a multi-disciplinary health intervention in a detoxification unit. Addiction, 2003; 98(4):509-516.

See Also

HELPmiss, and HELPfull.



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