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Satisfaction with Methadone Treatment Among Prison Inmates: Exploring Predictive Factors

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice and Behavior Volume: 40 Issue: 10 Dated: October 2013 Pages: 1163-1177
Andres Marco; Carlos Gallego; Joan Trujols; Xose R. Blanco; Maria J. Arguelles; Arturo Puig; Eduardo Marin; Lara Moruno; Victor Argiles; Rosa M. Blanco; Joan P. Golf; Jose Perez De Los Cobos
Date Published
October 2013
15 pages

This study assessed satisfaction with methadone treatment (MT) in a multidimensional manner among prison inmates.


This study was designed to assess satisfaction with methadone treatment (MT) in a multidimensional manner among prison inmates and to identify significant independent predictors of inmates' satisfaction with MT. A total of 158 prison inmates, who were currently on MT for at least the past 3 months, were assessed with the Verona Service Satisfaction Scale for MT. Inmate participants reported slight satisfaction with MT (3.1 on a 1-5 scale), with 51.3 percent of them feeling dissatisfied. Three factors were found to be independently associated with satisfaction with MT: HIV infection, odds ratio (OR) = 3.72, 95 percent confidence interval (CI) = [1.79, 7.73]; number of MT episodes, OR = 0.68, 95 percent CI = [0.53, 0.88]; and perceived influence on methadone dose changes, OR = 1.69, 95 percent CI = [1.25, 2.28]. Given that perceived involvement in treatment decisions is the only variable independently associated with MT satisfaction that can be modified by changing how MT is implemented, patient participation should be promoted and supported. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.