Clinic-based treatment for opioid dependence: A qualitative inquiry

Suzanne McMurphy, Judy Shea, Julia Switzer, Barbara J. Turner

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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: Stigmatising 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)544-554
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume30
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Buprenorphine
  • Drug users
  • Opioid dependence
  • Primary care
  • Substance abuse treatment

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Leadership and Management

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McMurphy, S., Shea, J., Switzer, J., & Turner, B. J. (2006). Clinic-based treatment for opioid dependence: A qualitative inquiry. American Journal of Health Behavior, 30(5), 544-554.

Clinic-based treatment for opioid dependence : A qualitative inquiry. / McMurphy, Suzanne; Shea, Judy; Switzer, Julia; Turner, Barbara J.

In: American Journal of Health Behavior, Vol. 30, No. 5, 09.2006, p. 544-554.

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McMurphy, S, Shea, J, Switzer, J & Turner, BJ 2006, 'Clinic-based treatment for opioid dependence: A qualitative inquiry', American Journal of Health Behavior, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 544-554.
McMurphy S, Shea J, Switzer J, Turner BJ. Clinic-based treatment for opioid dependence: A qualitative inquiry. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2006 Sep;30(5):544-554.
McMurphy, Suzanne ; Shea, Judy ; Switzer, Julia ; Turner, Barbara J. / Clinic-based treatment for opioid dependence : A qualitative inquiry. In: American Journal of Health Behavior. 2006 ; Vol. 30, No. 5. pp. 544-554.
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