Thứ hai, 10/07/2017 | 10:32

Recommendations for Health Care Providers in the Treatment of Methamphetamine Use Disorders

Recommendations for Health Care Providers in the Treatment of Methamphetamine Use Disorders
These recommendations are not intended to be used as practice guidelines or a standard legal reference, since practices are based on the context of the patient and on scientific evidence which can change over time. The issues discussed here are only recommendations, which are not guaranteed for successful treatment in  all patients. This might not contain all effective treatment modalities; also, some ineffective treatment modalities have been omitted. Decision-makers of treatment modalities may use other sources of evidence (e.g. family, associated legal institutes, and others) to help with individual decisions.  
The Thailand Department of Medical Services invited experts such as psychiatry professors, nursing professors, psychiatrists, physicians from the Department of Medical Services, and stakeholders from all levels of the health care system to join this project. There is little available evidence in this field in comparison with the severity of the drug problem in Thailand. Our intention was to collect all the available evidence, together with expert opinions and aspects of application, in order to compile information that would be most useful for all health care providers. We also tried to illustrate the connectivity of the treatment system. In this way, one can identify one’s place in the treatment system and choose the right recommendation for the particular situation. Furthermore, these recommendations indicate the important issues that require further study, which is useful information for researchers. These recommendations will be updated when there is new scientific evidence or when the drug situation has changed.