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Guidelines for the Psychosocially Assisted Pharmacological Treatment of Opioid Dependence

Purpose

Key Questions: How should psychosocially assisted pharmacological treatment of opioid dependence be administered? What are the World Health Organization's recommendations for this treatment?

The Guidelines for the Psychosocially Assisted Pharmacological Treatment of Opioid Dependence review the use of medicines such as methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone and clonidine in combination with psychosocial support in the treatment of people dependent on heroin or other opioids.

Based on systematic reviews of the literature and using the GRADE approach to determining evidence quality, the guidelines contain specific recommendations on the range of issues faced in organizing treatment systems, managing treatment programmes and in treating people dependent on opioids.

Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations and acronyms
  • Executive Summary
  • Scope and Purpose
  • Method of formulating recommendations
  • Background
  • Guidelines for health systems at national and subnational levels
  • Programme level guidelines - for programme managers and clinical leaders
  • Patient level guidelines - for clinicians 
  • Annex 1-10
  • References
Contact Person/Organization: 

World Health Organization

Type of Tool:

Publication Date: 
2009