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Research with Older Adult Methadone Clients: The Importance of Monitoring Suicide Ideation.

McCall J, Brusoski M, Rosen D. Research with Older Adult Methadone Clients: The Importance of Monitoring Suicide Ideation. Journal of gerontological social work. 2017 Aug 1; 60(6-7):458-470.

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This study reports on the importance of monitoring suicide ideation among older adult research participants. A recently completed randomized controlled trial of older adults who are current clients in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) served as a case study to elucidate a suicide protocol that was designed to account for the potential instances of suicide ideation within the research project structure. As the numbers of older adult heroin users increases, this study's findings seek to influence research protocols that involve older adults with addictions who may be particularly vulnerable to suicide risk due to comorbid psychiatric conditions and psychosocial adversities.

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