Health-related quality of life (HRQL) among methamphetamine users in treatment

Ciketic, Sadmir, McKetin, Rebecca, Doran, Christopher M., Najman, Jake M., Veerman, J. Lennert and Hayatbakhsh, Reza M. (2012) Health-related quality of life (HRQL) among methamphetamine users in treatment. Mental Health and Substance Use, Article in press . doi:10.1080/17523281.2012.713390

Author Ciketic, Sadmir
McKetin, Rebecca
Doran, Christopher M.
Najman, Jake M.
Veerman, J. Lennert
Hayatbakhsh, Reza M.
Title Health-related quality of life (HRQL) among methamphetamine users in treatment
Journal name Mental Health and Substance Use   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1752-3281
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17523281.2012.713390
Volume Article in press
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Little is known about the effectiveness of available treatment options for methamphetamine (MA) abuse and dependence. This study aimed to measure improvements in health-related quality of life (HRQL) among MA users associated with different treatment options. Data are from 501 individuals (366 males and 135 females) recruited into the Methamphetamine Treatment Evaluation Study (MATES) who were aged 16 years and over. Participants completed the SF-12 Short Form questionnaire on entry to treatment (or to the study), and again 3 months (n¼404) and 12 months after starting treatment (n¼375). The SF-6D scoring algorithm was used to elicit single preference-based measures of HRQL from participants in the non-treated group (n¼101) and three treatment modalities: counselling (n¼40), residential rehabilitation (n¼248) and detoxification (n¼112), at baseline, 3 and 12 months posttreatment entry. There was complete data available at the three time points for 349 participants. The results indicate that both the treatment and non-treatment groups were found to have an improved HRQL at the 3 and 12-month follow-ups, though the improvement experienced by the group receiving residential rehabilitation was of a greater magnitude than the other groups. Methamphetamine users have a lower HRQL when compared to the general population. The HRQL of MA users had improved 3 months after they started treatment, and had improved again 12 months after starting treatment.
Keyword Methamphetamine
Health-related quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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