Quality of life of people who inject drugs: characteristics and comparisons with other population samples

Fischer, Jane A., Conrad, Sue, Clavarino, Alexandra M., Kemp, Robert and Najman, Jackob M. (2013) Quality of life of people who inject drugs: characteristics and comparisons with other population samples. Quality of Life Research, 22 8: 2113-2121. doi:10.1007/s11136-013-0350-8


Author Fischer, Jane A.
Conrad, Sue
Clavarino, Alexandra M.
Kemp, Robert
Najman, Jackob M.
Title Quality of life of people who inject drugs: characteristics and comparisons with other population samples
Journal name Quality of Life Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-9343
1573-2649
Publication date 2013-01-23
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11136-013-0350-8
Volume 22
Issue 8
Start page 2113
End page 2121
Total pages 9
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose To assess the quality of life (QOL) of persons who inject drugs.

Methods Some 483 current injecting drug users visiting a large NSP over a 2-week period in October 2009 were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. QOL was measured using the WHOQOL-BREF. Data were collected on age, gender, injecting patterns, current drug treatment status and hepatitis C status. Participant QOL profiles were compared to published domain scores for a range of other population groups.

Results People who inject drugs (PWID) experience a very poor QOL irrespective of socio-demographic characteristics, injecting patterns, hepatitis C sero-status and drug treatment status. Sample participants (PWID) experience a QOL below that experienced by many population groups in the community affected by disabling chronic illnesses.

Conclusions Injecting drug use is associated with a poor QOL. Some PWID may be self-medicating for chronic non-malignant pain, and it is likely that these people had a low QOL prior to the decision to inject. Despite this caveat, it remains likely that injecting drug use does little to enhance the QOL of the user.
Keyword People who inject drugs
Quality of life
Needle and syringe programme
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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