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Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) in general practice or in specialized centers: profile of patients in the Swiss Canton of Vaud.
American journal of drug and alcohol abuse
Publication types: Comparative Study ; Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't - Publication Status: ppublish
We studied profile of patients (n=1782) treated in specialized centers and general practice (GP) enrolled in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) programs during 2001 in the Swiss Canton of Vaud. We found that GPs treated the majority of patients (76%). Specialized centers treated a higher proportion of patients with uncontrolled intravenous use of cocaine and heroin, and prescribed neuroleptics as concomitant medication three times more frequently than GPs. Patients treated in specialized centers were more likely to undergo screening for HIV, HBV, HCV, and receive complete HBV immunization. In conclusion, specialized centers are more likely to treat severely addicted patients and patients with a poor global assessment (physical, psychiatric, and social).
AIDS Serodiagnosis, Adult, Antipsychotic Agents, Cocaine-Related Disorders, Cross-Sectional Studies, Drug Therapy, Combination, Family Practice, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Heroin Dependence, Humans, Male, Methadone, Narcotics, Opioid-Related Disorders, Patient Dropouts, Questionnaires, Substance Abuse Treatment Centers, Substance Abuse, Intravenous, Switzerland
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