New intervention to engage drug court participants in preventive healthcare

TRI researchers have begun phase two of a study to develop and pilot test a health promotion intervention designed to help drug court participants with primary care providers to receive preventive health evaluations. Having completed the development in collaboration with both drug court clients and experts in the field, the team has begun the two-group randomized controlled pilot study to examine the acceptability, feasibility and preliminary efficacy of the intervention. Addressing drug court clients’ unmet healthcare needs will allow drug courts to expand their impact at both an individual and societal level. This is the first study of its kind to test such interventions with medically vulnerable drug court clients. The study is funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health.