The goal of this document is to provide nurses with recommendations, based on the best available evidence, related to nursing knowledge and support for clients who are either a potential candidate for or already on MMT for opioid dependence.
The guideline includes recommendations addressing client assessment, development of a collaborative treatment plan, health promotion and ongoing follow-up.
This guideline will focus on recommendations for any youth, adult or older adult either already on MMT or those who are potential candidates for MMT. Particular attention will be paid to priority populations (for whom there are particular physiological implications of MMT). The clinical questions to be addressed by the guideline include:
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Panel Members (2009)
Margaret Dykeman, RN, NP, PhD - Team Leader
Katie Bowler, Nursing Student
Carol Edwards, RN, MN, CPMHNC, CARN
Jan Holland, RN
Sheleza Latif, RN, BScN
Carol Lynch, RN(EC), BNSc
Angela McNabb, RN, BScN, MN, CPMHN(c)
Josephine Muxlow, RN, MScN
Janice Price, RN, BScN
Abby Smith, RN(EC), BScN, PHCNP
Victoria (Vicki) Smye, RN, MHSc, PhD
Melanie Stansfield, RN(EC), FNP(BC), MScN
Sue Starling, RN, BScN, MSc, PhD(student)
Jenny Oey Chung, RN, MN
Frederick Go RN, MN
Pamela VanBelle, RN, MN
Glynis Vales B.A. (Honours)