People who use drugs often delay seeking care for medical problems until these problems become severe. They also commonly self discharge against medical advice, sometimes returning at a later date when the problem has worsened. Timely completion of care could prevent the health and cost burdens that delayed care creates. This webinar will talk about findings from the Care & Prevent study, discussing some of the factors that contribute to delayed care and self discharge. It will then give the findings from a review of NHS Trust opiate substitution therapy policies which we have recently undertaken. Next we will outline proposals to reduce care delay and premature discharge, which we aim to study, seeking input and discussion from participants on these.

Presented by: Jenny Scott is a senior lecturer in pharmacy practice at the University of Bath, with a research interest in the care of people experiencing addiction.
Magdelena Harris, Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

A pdf of the presentation is available below and the recording of the webinar will be available soon.