- WHO: This study is led by Dr. Tara Elton-Marshall along with researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM), in partnership with Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) – a provincial organization representing over 220 addiction and mental health organizations in Ontario – and ConnexOntario – a non-profit organization maintaining the largest and most comprehensive online database of addiction services in Ontario.
- WHAT: This study aims to engage people with lived experience (PWLE) with drug use in sharing their experiences and perspectives on substance use/addiction services in Ontario, as well as identifying key priority areas for substance use research in Ontario. We aim to interview ~200 PWLE located across the province to obtain diverse perspectives on these topics. The information gathered from this study will help to improve substance use prevention initiatives, treatment and care in Ontario, and will help to inform priorities for future research projects.
- HOW: A member of our research team will conduct one-on-one phone interviews with patients/clients (ages 18+) recruited from large substance/addiction service provider organizations across the province. The interviews (~30 minutes to 1 hour in length) will ask participants about their substance use service needs, and their perspectives on the availability, accessibility, and quality of the services available to them. All participants will be required to complete an informed consent process prior to participation in the study. All responses will be anonymous and confidential, and participants will receive $30 compensation for their time and participation in the study. The study findings will be distributed in two formats, including a project report and executive summary. Manuscripts may be developed for peer-reviewed publication, based on the study data.
- WHERE: Study recruitment will take place at ~200 sites (i.e., large substance use/addiction service provider organizations) located across Ontario. To ensure that individuals from all geographical regions of Ontario can participate, all interviews will be conducted over the phone. A toll-free phone number will be provided to participants at the time of the interview.
· WHEN: Participant recruitment for the study will begin in October 2019.