Psychological Distress Among Methadone Maintenance Patients in Vietnamese Mountainous Areas

Long Hoang Nguyen, Bach Xuan Tran, Huong Lan Thi Nguyen, Cuong Tat Nguyen, Canh Dinh Hoang, Hai Quan Le, Hung Van Nguyen, Huong Thi Le, Tho Dinh Tran, Carl A. Latkin, Thuc Minh Thi Vu

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We conducted a cross-sectional study in Tuyen Quang Province, a mountainous province in northern Vietnam, to examine rates of psychological distress among 241 patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). Using the Kessler psychological distress Scale, we found that approximately one-fourth (26.8%) of respondents suffered from mental health pathologies. Physical health problems, current drug use, and alcohol abuse were found to be associated with mental health problems among the participants. Our findings highlight the high prevalence of psychological distress among MMT patients in northern Vietnam, and the need to integrate mental and physical health care services, as well as behavioral health counseling, into currently existing MMT clinics in this region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3228-3237
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS and behavior
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017


  • Distress
  • Methadone
  • Mountainous
  • Psychological
  • Vietnam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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