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Ann Med Interne (Paris). 2000 Oct;151 Suppl B:B36-43.

[The concept of addictology and addiction: the patient's point of view. A study on 90 persons followed for addiction].

[Article in French]

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Centre Monte-Cristo, Hôpital Laennec, Paris.


The concept of addiction has gained recognition in French semantics, standing for a pathological condition that was formerly designated solely on the basis of specific drug abuse. We questioned 90 patients followed at there Parisian outpatient units about their understanding of the term "addiction". We also looked for signs that this term is used to federate notions since it is supposed to describe a general condition involving a large number of singular phenomena. One part of our questionnaire focused on treatment modes (several practitioners for several addictions, one institution for all addictions, specialized consultations with a practitioner other than the usual primary care physician). Our findings would illustrated areas where further details are needed in order to consider patient expectations when designing specialized care for outpatients or inpatients.

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