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    Conflicts between persons with opioid dependency and professionals in an acute hospital: A qualitative document analysis Abstract: Background: Opioid dependency is a chronic disease with severe health and social consequences. Patients often suffer from chronic infectious diseases, the consequences of which require treatment in an acute care hospital. On hospital wards, conflicts between patients with opioid dependency and professionals can be observed frequently. Aim: This study explores in which situations and for which reasons conflicts arise. Methods: Entries of professionals in patient charts were analysed qualitatively according to the Thematic Analysis. Results: Entries of 177 cases were analysed and three themes were identified. "Different priorities in the context of an acute hospital" showed that patients and professional teams often had divergent views on what is important during hospitalisation. "Self-medicating" provided evidence that patients suffered from symptoms that were inadequately treated and therefore self-medicated. The basic need "to be perceived as a human being" was not always met in the acute care hospital. Conclusions: Our results show causes and types of conflicts. Divergent values, under-treatment of addiction-specific symptoms and pain, and incomplete expertise among professionals appear to be causal, as does the lack of implementation of harm reduction.

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    Christine Jaiteh, Susanne Knüppel Lauener, Florinda Fanaj, Pascale Schaub, Florian F Grossmann. Conflicts between persons with opioid dependency and professionals in an acute hospital: A qualitative document analysis]. Pflege. 2023;36(6):335-340

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