Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Supporting Clients on Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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Mental Health & Addiction Initiative
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About this Guideline:

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:

  1. What do nurses need to be aware of to do an appropriate assessment (in their practice setting) of clients who are opioid dependent or opioid abusing, and are either already on or are potential candidates for MMT?
  2. What do nurses need to know about MMT?
  3. What is the role of the nurse in MMT?
  4. How do nurses support a client, who is on or is a potential candidate for MMT, who presents for care?
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