Health-related Quality of Life Trajectories of Methamphetamine-Dependent Individuals as a Function of Treatment Completion and Continued Care Over a 1-Year Period

Published In: Journal of Substance Abuse treatment, v. 37, no. 4, Dec. 2009, p. 353-361

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2009

by Rachel Gonzales, Alfonso Ang, Patricia Marinelli-Casey, Deborah C. Glik, Martin Y. Iguchi, Richard A. Rawson

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This study applies a chronic illness framework to evaluate treatment outcomes among individuals dependent on methamphetamine (MA). Using growth curve modeling, health-related quality of life (HRQOL) trajectories of MA-dependent individuals (N = 723) were examined over a 1-year period. Results show greater improvements in mental HRQOL trajectories as a function of treatment completion and continued care, although fairly static trajectories in physical health status. Other factors affecting HRQOL trajectories included gender, psychosocial functioning, drug use severity, and health impairment. Results extend research on treatment evaluations for MA dependence, highlighting the importance of continued service utilization for improved quality of life outcomes.

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