Management of drug misuse

an 8-year follow-up survey of Scottish GPs

Catriona Matheson, Terry Porteous, Edwin Van Teijlingen, Christine Bond

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Abstract

This study repeated a Scotland-wide survey of one-in-four GPs from 2000, to compare findings with 2008. A 60% response was achieved (of 1065). Almost 44% of GPs were treating drug misusers (62% in 2000). Enhanced services were provided by less than half of practices. Seven per cent of responders were only comfortable prescribing below the recommended minimum dose of 60 mg methadone, (33% in 2000). Over 70% offered blood-borne virus screening and 71% were aware of patients using psychostimulants. Recent changes, particularly the new GP contract may have decreased GP involvement in treating drug misusers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-520
Number of pages4
JournalThe British Journal of General Practice
Volume60
Issue number576
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010

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Keywords

  • drug abuse
  • general practice
  • survey

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Management of drug misuse : an 8-year follow-up survey of Scottish GPs. / Matheson, Catriona; Porteous, Terry; Van Teijlingen, Edwin; Bond, Christine.

In: The British Journal of General Practice, Vol. 60, No. 576, 01.07.2010, p. 517-520.

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