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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 95

Quality of life of adolescents and young people arrive at an addiction treatment centers upon their admission, and 1, 4 and 8 months after methadone maintenance therapy


1 Department of Nursing, Elderly Care and Health Promotion Research Center, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran
2 Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Forensic Medicine Research Center, Isfahan(Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran

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Elham Davaridolatabadi
Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan
Iran
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DOI: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_297_13

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BACKGROUND: Drug abuse influences the quality of life significantly. Thus, the present study is designed to compare the quality of life of adolescents and young adults who have voluntarily referred to addiction treatment centers at different time slots of upon admission, and 1, 4, and 8 months after maintenance therapy. METHODS: The present paper is a longitudinal study on 141 of adolescents and young adults who had referred to various addiction treatment centers throughout Isfahan voluntarily. The population was selected through convenience sampling method and 137 of adolescents and young adults continued the research until the end. The results were analyzed using descriptive and analytic statistics (frequency, mean, standard deviation, repeated measure test, and post-hoc test) in SPSS 17. RESULTS: Results showed that the average of quality of life total score was sequential and not the same in the 4 times slots under study. The total quality of life score upon admission was significantly different from 1, 4, and 8 months after maintenance treatment. However, quality of life at 1-month was not significantly different to that at 4 and 8 months after the treatment; quality of life at 4 months after the treatment was not significantly different to that at 8 months after. DISCUSSION: According to the present study, it can be concluded that the quality of life of adolescents and young adults referring to addiction treatment centers increases 1-month after the treatment; nevertheless, it is worth to note that the degree of quality of life increase in 4 and 8 months after the treatment is not as much as that in 1-month after the treatment.


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