The self-reported personal wellbeing of a sample of Australian injecting drug users

Dietze, Paul, Stoové, Mark, Miller, Peter, Kinner, Stuart, Bruno, Raimondo, Alati, Rosa and Burns, Lucy 2010, The self-reported personal wellbeing of a sample of Australian injecting drug users, Addiction, vol. 105, no. 12, pp. 2141-2148, doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03090.x.

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Title The self-reported personal wellbeing of a sample of Australian injecting drug users
Author(s) Dietze, Paul
Stoové, Mark
Miller, PeterORCID iD for Miller, Peter
Kinner, Stuart
Bruno, Raimondo
Alati, Rosa
Burns, Lucy
Journal name Addiction
Volume number 105
Issue number 12
Start page 2141
End page 2148
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2010-12
ISSN 0965-2140
Keyword(s) heroin use
injecting drug use
personal wellbeing index
Summary Aims To examine the self-reported personal wellbeing of a sample of Australian injecting drug users (IDU) using a standardized instrument and determine the key correlates of variations in self-reported personal wellbeing.

Design, setting and participants Cross-sectional survey of 881 Australian IDU.

Self-reported personal wellbeing collected using the Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI).

Findings IDU scored significantly lower than the general Australian population on the PWI and all subscales. Lower PWI scores were associated with a range of socio-demographic, drug use and other health and social characteristics. Across all PWI subscales, lower personal wellbeing scores were associated with unemployment, past 6-month mental health problems and more frequent injecting (all P < 0.05).

Conclusions The PWI is sufficiently sensitive to distinguish between IDU and the general population, and to identify key correlates of PWI among IDU. Some domains canvassed within the scale, such as health, standard of living and life achievements, are well within the scope of current intervention strategies, such as pharmacotherapy maintenance treatment and housing and employment support services. This suggests that the PWI could be useful in clinical settings by allowing structured identification of the areas of a person's life to be addressed as a part of a treatment regimen. In order to inform targeted prevention and intervention efforts, longitudinal studies of PWI and its correlates among IDU are required.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03090.x
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, The Authors, Addiction
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