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The extent that health professionals suspect and address addiction to medicines in primary care: Findings from a survey in Northwest England.

Bates, G and Cochrane, MA and Mackridge, AJ (2017) The extent that health professionals suspect and address addiction to medicines in primary care: Findings from a survey in Northwest England. Journal of Addictive Diseases. ISSN 1055-0887

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Abstract

Addiction to medicines available over the counter or via prescription is of growing international concern. The authors of the current article ran an online survey of health professionals in general medical practice and community pharmacy settings in Northwest England to explore the frequency of suspecting and responding to addiction to medicines. Health professionals reported frequently identifying addiction to medicines among patients including those with long-term pain, mental health problems, sleep disorders, and other substance use disorders, but that these addictions often go unchallenged. This adds to the evidence indicating the under-diagnosis of addiction to medicines in the United Kingdom. Strategies to improve diagnosis and treatment should recognize the diversity of individuals with addiction to medicines.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Addictive Diseases on 1st March 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10550887.2017.1299895
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health And Health Services, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
Public Health Institute
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2017 09:05
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2017 09:05
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/10550887.2017.1299895
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6128

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