Clinic-based Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Qualitative Inquiry
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 30, Number 5, September 2006 , pp. 544-554(11)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objectives: To identify barriers and facilitators to treatment of opioid dependence in primary care clinics. Methods: In-depth interviews with 27 New York State clinic directors. Results: Stigmatizing attitudes emerged as a major barrier. Respondents often viewed opioid-dependent persons as manipulative, demanding, and disruptive. Commonly cited facilitators were physician training, increased office staffing, and greater mental health, social services, and addictions support. Conclusions: Our study reveals attitudinal barriers to address and supportive factors to promote in order to increase the limited availability of office-based treatment of opioid dependence in the United States compared with other countries.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Senior Research Investigator, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. 2: Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. 3: Research Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Publication date: 2006-09-01
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