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O'Toole, John and Hambly, Róisín and Cox, Anne-Marie and O'Shea, Brendan and Darker, Catherine D (2014) Methadone-maintained patients in primary care have higher rates of chronic disease and multimorbidity, and use health services more intensively than matched controls. The European Journal of General Practice, 20, (4), pp. 275-20. https://doi.org/10.3109/13814788.2014.905912.

Methadone maintenance treatment in primary care is cost-effective and improves outcomes for opiate-dependent patients. A more developed understanding of the evolving needs of this important cohort will facilitate further improvements in their integrated care within the community.


Correcting for routine methadone care and drug-related illnesses, MMPs had a higher burden of chronic disease and used both primary and secondary health services more intensively than matched controls.


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