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IDU perspectives on the design and operation of North America's first medically supervised injection facility.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature140462
Source
Subst Use Misuse. 2011;46(5):561-8
Publication Type
Article
Date
2011
Author
Will Small
Liz Ainsworth
Evan Wood
Thomas Kerr
Author Affiliation
British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Source
Subst Use Misuse. 2011;46(5):561-8
Date
2011
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adult
Canada
Female
Health Services Accessibility - statistics & numerical data
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Needle-Exchange Programs - organization & administration
North America
Patient Satisfaction - statistics & numerical data
Quality Assurance, Health Care - statistics & numerical data
Substance Abuse Treatment Centers - organization & administration
Substance Abuse, Intravenous - psychology
Abstract
While the public health benefits of supervised injection facilities (SIFs) have been well documented, there is a lack of research examining the views of injection drug users (IDU) regarding the operation of these facilities. This study used 50 semistructured qualitative interviews to explore IDU perspectives on the design and operation of an SIF in Vancouver, Canada. Although the environment and operation of the SIF are well accepted, long wait times and limited operating hours, as well as regulations that prohibit sharing drugs and assisted injections, pose barriers to using the SIF. Modifying operating procedures and expanding the capacity of the current facility could address these barriers.
PubMed ID
20874006 View in PubMed
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