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Br J Gen Pract. 2010 July 1; 60(576): 517–520.
PMCID: PMC2894381

Management of drug misuse: an 8-year follow-up survey of Scottish GPs

Catriona Matheson, BSc, MSc, PhD, MRPharmS, Senior Research Fellow and Terry Porteous, BSc, PhD, MRPharmS, Research Fellow
Centre of Academic Primary Care, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
Edwin van Teijlingen, MA, PhD Med, Professor of Maternal & Perinatal Health Research
Section of Population Health, University of Aberdeen and School of Health Social Care, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth
Christine Bond, PhD, FRPharmS, FFPHM, MEd, FHEA, Professor of Pharmaceutical Primary Care


This study repeated a Scotland-wide survey of one-in-four GPs from 2000, to compare findings with 2008. A 60% response was achieved (of 1065). Almost 44% of GPs were treating drug misusers (62% in 2000). Enhanced services were provided by less than half of practices. Seven per cent of responders were only comfortable prescribing below the recommended minimum dose of 60 mg methadone, (33% in 2000). Over 70% offered blood-borne virus screening and 71% were aware of patients using psychostimulants. Recent changes, particularly the new GP contract may have decreased GP involvement in treating drug misusers.

Keywords: drug abuse, general practice, survey

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