Contact person:
Emma Mårdhed
  • Lund University
  • Malmö University
Responsible at Malmö University:
Emma Mårdhed
Project members:
  • Anders Håkansson (ansvarig)
  • Lunds universitet
  • Jonas Berge (medarbetare)
  • Lunds universitet
Time frame:
01 January 2015 - 31 December 2022
Research subject:

About the project

Opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) with methadone or buprenorphine is a well-documented and efficient treatment, and is the treatment that the National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden recommends at opioid dependence. The treatment were developed in the 1960’s by Dole and Nyswander and implies that the specific medicine treat the physical dependence of opioids. This by blocking the receptors and thereby inhibit the rush if the drug is taken.

A new important aspect when the treatment are being evaluated is the patients’ experience. Today there is an increased focus on evaluating OMT’s effects on the quality of life and there is a great need to evaluate the content of the treatment from the patients’ point of view. This specific group of patients are multifaceted and have many different kinds of need: physical, social and psychiatric. The treatment with methadone and buprenorphine are working well but there are data missing about how satisfied the patients’ are with their treatment.

Therefore, we will investigate how the patients’ experience their treatment and their medication as well as how that affects the total outcome. To deepen our understanding for the patient groups needs we will also interview patients in OMT with a time geographic method. The time geographic lifelines will show how the patients’ life has been before and after entering OMT and can help us to identify important episodes and events. By elucidate this specific patient group and their needs we can increase the knowledge both within the psychiatric care as well as in the addiction care and through this contribute to a better and safer care for the whole group.