Financial incentive aids drug users to complete hep B vax

Researchers in Sydney found drug users who received $30 cash on receipt of both the second and third doses, were more likely to complete the course in a specified time period compared to those in a control group not receiving money (92% vs 67%).

The study of 200 individuals suggested that, just like giving parents incentives to complete their children’s immunisation schedule, payments to drug users was effective. It might be a strategy to reduce liver-related disease, the researchers said.

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