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James, Philip and Spiro, David and Geoghegan, Noreen and Connor, Anita and Hawthorne, Gail (2008) Exploring the health concerns of people taking methadone. Nursing Times , 104 , (35) , pp. 26-27.

This article reports on a study to uncover the health concerns of clients attending a methadone maintenance programme provided by an addiction service in Ireland. The Health Concerns Questionnaire 3 was completed by 261 clients attending methadone maintenance clinics. The most endorsed items tended to be psychosocial health concerns, particularly mood-related items. Additional comments highlighted various health issues including hepatitis C, diet, and sexual and mental health. Clients on methadone maintenance demonstrated a high level of health-related concerns. In particular, they were most concerned about mood and hepatitis C; these topics therefore merit attention from staff in addiction services. (C)2008 Nursing Times

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