Research

Methadone in Irish General Practice: Voices of Service Users


Reference:

Latham, L., 2010. Methadone in Irish General Practice: Voices of Service Users. Thesis (Doctor of Health (DHealth)). University of Bath.

Related documents:

[img]
Preview
PDF (UnivBath_PhD_2010_L_Latham.pdf) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (14MB) | Preview

    Abstract

    This study sets out to make a meaningful and useful contribution to the discussion surrounding the treatment of heroin addiction in the Republic of Ireland. The exploration describes the experiences of service users who are receiving methadone treatment in general practice in Dublin and provides recommendations for practice. A Husserlian phenomenological approach drawing on the psychological research methods of Colazzi informed this study. This qualitative descriptive genre was coupled with the genre of reflexive methodology and utilised the techniques of bracketing interviews and polyvocality. The study took place in nine urban general practices in Dublin city. Twenty five service users were interviewed indepth. The data were analyzed using the methodology espoused by Collazzi (1978). Four themes emerged from the data: Service users’ experience of attending general practice for methadone maintenance; The significance of methadone for the service user; Service users’ understanding of the Methadone Treatment Protocol and The experience of addiction and it’s effect on families. Service users’ accounts traced the historical steps that influenced the introduction of the MTP. Their depictions of their experience of treatment shed light on the process of care in general practice and how clinical guidelines have been interpreted and developed locally. The study identified what it is that affects the delivery of methadone treatment from the users’ perspective. It provides insight into the harm reduction policy of methadone maintenance and highlights how, from the service users’ own experience, the implementation is falling short. The data identify that the delivery of methadone treatment requires a sustained policy review, informed by a clinical perspective on all issues related to regulations, practice guidelines, and treatment resourcing. The recommendations suggest that to be truly effective, strategies which recognize the importance of user involvement need to be addressed.

    Details

    Item Type Thesis (Doctor of Health (DHealth))
    CreatorsLatham, L.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
    Publisher StatementUnivBath_PhD_2010_L_Latham.pdf: © The Author; UnivBath_PhD_2010_L_Latham_Forum.pdf: © The Author
    StatusUnpublished
    ID Code26101

    Export

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads

    More statistics for this item...