The effectiveness of modified matrix program drug treatment of Thungsong Hospital

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Aree Supawong


           This descriptive retrospective study aimed to study the effectiveness of modified matrix program  and factors of drug treatment patients. The population in this study were 279 patients who received drug treatment at Thungsong Hospital since October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. The data collection, questionnaire which was developed based on treatment guidelines of Thungsong Hospital and report the treatment of substance abuse of each patient, which is a tool for tracking and reporting system to monitor drug problems, the Ministry of Health. There were two sections: personal information, including age, sex, marital status, education, occupation, monthly income and the use of drugs, including age of first drug use. the first type of drug used, the main reason to use drugs, reason  of therapy and the first type of drug therapy.        Personal data, drug use, and the effectiveness of the treatment were analyzed using descriptive statistics.        The factors related to the effectiveness of treatment was analyzed using Chi-square. 

           The study found that most subjects were male, aged between 20-29 years ( = 28.19), most were single. Their highest educational level was elementary school. Most were workers having a mean income as 5,000-10,000 baht per month.  It was found that they began to use drug at age between 15-19 years old ( = 22.28). Methamphetamine was used as the first drug with the reason of trial. Fifty percent of subjects were compliance with the criteria of treatment effectiveness. Marital status was the only factor related to the effectiveness of the treatment (p =.001).  

           The study found that the drug therapy model of Thungsong Hospital could be used in other drug treatment units. 


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Supawong, A. (2016). The effectiveness of modified matrix program drug treatment of Thungsong Hospital. Journal of Research in Nursing-Midwifery and Health Sciences, 36(4), 160–170. Retrieved from
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