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Predictors of Poor Adherence to Methadone Maintenance Treatment in Yunnan Province, China

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Jiucheng Shen, Mei Wang, Xiaodan Wang, Guanbai Zhang, Jie Guo, Xinyue Li, Jianhua Li

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-45
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Addiction Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

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Background: China initiated the methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) program since 2004. The main challenge has been poor clinic adherence, which has a serious impact on treatment efficacy. Objectives: The aim of the study was to identify predictors of poor adherence to MMT in Yunnan Province, China. Methods: We performed a case-control study of 764 patients, newly enrolled or re-enrolled on MMT programs, between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2011. Information was obtained from clinic databases. Results: The frequency of poor adherence was 561 (73.43%). Lower daily methadone dosage (

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