The aim of the study was to elicit clients' satisfaction with the methadone maintenance service and their views regarding opiate users not in the service. A self-completion questionnaire with 40 questions covering various aspects of service delivery was given to clients on this programme.
Of a total of 52 questionnaires, 31 (60%) were returned. There was a high level of overall satisfaction (93%) with the service and staff, but there were significant problems related to prolonged waiting times and access to ancillary services. There were also practical difficulties related to prescriptions. Over half of the clients (54%) used additional illicit opiates.
It is likely that addressing identified problem areas may influence treatment outcome in this challenging group. Staff should maintain optimism in helping the clients who, as seen by this survey, value their advice.
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