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Article: Early intervention program for pregnant heroin users and their young children: Hong Kong's experience

TitleEarly intervention program for pregnant heroin users and their young children: Hong Kong's experience
Authors
KeywordsChildren
Detoxification
Early intervention
Heroin abuse
Pregnancy
Issue Date2008
PublisherMedcom Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkjpaed.org/index.asp
Citation
Hong Kong Journal Of Paediatrics, 2008, v. 13 n. 2, p. 99-109+142 How to Cite?
AbstractObjectives: To achieve early identification of pregnant heroin users and their young children and to provide adequate support, modify important risk factors and monitor the welfare of their children. Methodology: Pregnant heroin users were identified during early pregnancy by social workers in a major methadone centre in Kowloon West and referred to a district hospital for early assessment, counselling, management of drug addiction and formulation of child care plan. Their infants and young children were followed up and closely monitored by a paediatrician and staff in a local maternity and child health centre. Results: Fifty-eight heroin users and their families (69 children) were recruited in the Kowloon West District from May 2006 to April 2007, among which 9 (15.5%) underwent successful detoxification and 38 (65.5%) became stable methadone users, which were significantly higher than the 7% successful detoxification rate and 14% stable methadone user rate found in the baseline study before the program. Vaccination compliance of their young children was 94%, which was higher than the 77% compliance rate found in the surveillance study before the program. Conclusions: Modification of risk factors of pregnant heroin abusers and their young children could be achieved by an early intervention program through enhanced work of health care and social service workers.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/134329
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.194
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.123
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dc.contributor.authorIp, Pen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, WTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLee, YTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChow, CBen_HK
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dc.date.available2011-06-16T03:56:04Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Journal Of Paediatrics, 2008, v. 13 n. 2, p. 99-109+142en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1013-9923en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/134329-
dc.description.abstractObjectives: To achieve early identification of pregnant heroin users and their young children and to provide adequate support, modify important risk factors and monitor the welfare of their children. Methodology: Pregnant heroin users were identified during early pregnancy by social workers in a major methadone centre in Kowloon West and referred to a district hospital for early assessment, counselling, management of drug addiction and formulation of child care plan. Their infants and young children were followed up and closely monitored by a paediatrician and staff in a local maternity and child health centre. Results: Fifty-eight heroin users and their families (69 children) were recruited in the Kowloon West District from May 2006 to April 2007, among which 9 (15.5%) underwent successful detoxification and 38 (65.5%) became stable methadone users, which were significantly higher than the 7% successful detoxification rate and 14% stable methadone user rate found in the baseline study before the program. Vaccination compliance of their young children was 94%, which was higher than the 77% compliance rate found in the surveillance study before the program. Conclusions: Modification of risk factors of pregnant heroin abusers and their young children could be achieved by an early intervention program through enhanced work of health care and social service workers.en_HK
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dc.subjectChildrenen_HK
dc.subjectDetoxificationen_HK
dc.subjectEarly interventionen_HK
dc.subjectHeroin abuseen_HK
dc.subjectPregnancyen_HK
dc.titleEarly intervention program for pregnant heroin users and their young children: Hong Kong's experienceen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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