Factors that help injecting drug users to access and benefit from services: A qualitative study

Joanne Neale, Laura Sheard, Charlotte N E Tompkins

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International research shows that injecting drug users (IDUs) can encounter many barriers when they try to access drug treatment and other services. However, the existing literature is mostly quantitative and does not consider the kinds of factors that injectors themselves identify as enabling them to access and benefit from services. Responding to this gap in knowledge, our paper explores IDUs' own suggestions for improving service engagement and their reports of other factors enabling them to seek help.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31
JournalSubstance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Adult
  • Amphetamine-Related Disorders
  • Cocaine-Related Disorders
  • Crack Cocaine
  • England
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Heroin Dependence
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health Services
  • Middle Aged
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling
  • Social Support
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous

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