Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-18634
Schaub, M; Subata, E; Chtenguelov, V; Weiler, G; Uchtenhagen, A (2009). Feasibility of buprenorphine maintenance therapy programs in the Ukraine: First promising treatment outcomes. European Addiction Research, 15(3):157-162.
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Background: Opiate substitution therapy (OST) in the Ukraine was not provided until 2004. As part of the introduction of OST, the first feasibility study was conducted in 2007. Six clinics in 6 cities were involved in providing OST and collecting data. Methods: A total of 151 opiate-dependent patients were given buprenorphine as a substitute, and a survey of substance use, HIV transmission risks, and legal and social status was conducted at baseline and at 6 and 12-month follow-up. Results: Illegal substance use and illegal activities and incomes were highly reduced, whereas employment rates and psychiatric problems improved. Retention was comparatively high (79.5%) after 12 months. No significant adverse events were reported. Conclusion: A successful implementation of OST in the Ukraine is feasible.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction|
|DDC:||610 Medicine & health|
|Date:||07 May 2009|
|Deposited On:||12 May 2009 16:27|
|Last Modified:||28 Nov 2013 01:42|
|Related URLs:||http://www.karger.com/ear (Publisher)|
|Citations:||Web of Science®. Times cited: 3|
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