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Am J Health Behav. 2006 Sep-Oct;30(5):544-54.

Clinic-based treatment for opioid dependence: a qualitative inquiry.

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University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 19104, USA.

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.

PMID:
16893317
DOI:
10.5555/ajhb.2006.30.5.544
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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