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Rooney, Siobhan and Freyne, Aideen and Kelly, Gabrielle and O'Connor, John J (2002) Differences in the quality of life of two groups of drug users. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine , 19 , (2) , pp. 55-59. 22784, 35400011290534.0030.

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The aims of this study was to assess aspects of the quality of life of drug users on a methadone maintenance programme compared to drug users on a harm minimisation programme. 36 clients attending the harm minimisation programme in the National Drug Treatment Centre, Dublin, were matched for age and sex to 36 clients on the methadone maintenance programme. All were interviewed with the SF-36 Health Survey Questionnaire to measure health related quality of life and with the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale [HADs] to measure psychological morbidity.

More clients from the harm minimisation programme had previous psychiatric problems than clients on the methadone maintenance programme, with an odds ratio of 4.3 CI (1.2,15.2). On the HADs clients on the methadone maintenance programme had significantly lower depression scores than clients on the harm minimisation programme. In addition more clients on the harm minimisation programme were severely depressed than clients on the methadone maintenance programme. On the UK SF-36 Scale, clients on the harm minimisation programme perceived a significantly greater deterioration in "change in health" over the previous year than clients on the methadone maintenance programme. Although clients on a methadone maintenance programme had an improved perception of their quality of life in relation to psychological and overall health function from the previous year, compared to clients on a harm minimisation programme, there still existed varying degrees of psychopathology in both groups which needs to be considered when providing future services for drug users.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Opioid
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Date
June 2002
Identification #
22784, 35400011290534.0030
Page Range
pp. 55-59
Publisher
Medmedia Group
Volume
19
Number
2
Notes
Reproduced by kind permission of Medmedia Group
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 3018 (Available)

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