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Opioid pharmacotherapy treatment cluster

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term407265
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 28/04/2016
DSS type:Help on this termData Element Cluster
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These data items are used in conjunction to determine:

  • the number of prison entrants who have been on, or are currently on, an opioid pharmacotherapy treatment program; and 
  • the type of opioid pharmacotherapy treatment program a prison entrant has been on, or is on currently.

Collection and usage attributes

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Opioid pharmacotherapy treatment (OPT) is a form of treatment for heroin or opiate dependence using prescribed opioid agonists, which have some properties similar or identical to those of heroin and morphine, including the effect on the brain, which alleviate withdrawal symptoms and block the craving for illicit opiates. The most common form of opioid pharmacotherapy treatment is methadone maintenance treatment. However, buprenorphine is also quite common in some countries (Kastelic et al. 2008).

The OPT program cluster comprises three data elements which provide information on a person's current and past OPT programs:
Person—previous opioid pharmacotherapy treatment program indicator, yes/no code N
Person—current opioid pharmacotherapy treatment program indicator, yes/no code N
and
Person—type of opioid pharmacotherapy treatment, code N.

OPT program Methadone Methadone Other Other
Current Previous Current Previous
Y/N Y/N Y/N Y/N
Y/N Y/N Y/N Y/N
Never


Collection methods:Help on this termData is collected at the reception assessment on the National Prisoner Health Census Prison Entrants form. Respondents may respond 'yes' to both 'on it now' and 'in the past'.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Reference documents:Help on this termKastelic A, Pont J & Stover H 2008. Opioid substitution treatment in custodial settings: a practical guide. Oldenburg: BIS-Verlag.

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Has been superseded by Opioid pharmacotherapy treatment cluster Health, Standard 28/04/2016

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Prison entrants DSS Health, Superseded 28/04/2016

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1Person—previous opioid pharmacotherapy treatment program indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
2Person—current opioid pharmacotherapy treatment program indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
3Person—type of opioid pharmacotherapy treatment, code NConditional2
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