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On-going Studies

  1. The psycho-social impact of cannabis use in 3 cohorts: Treatment-seeking, prison, and community rehabilitation services

    This study is commissioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs in collaboration with the National Addictions Management Service (NAMS) to better understand cannabis use in Singapore. The aims of the study were three-fold: (1) To understand the profile of cannabis users in Singapore, (2) to examine the negative impacts of cannabis based on frequency of use, and (3) to compare the negative impacts perceived by users from treatment-seeking, prison, and community rehabilitation cohorts. 

  2. LGBTQ Study

    In this Qualitative Study, the aim is to fill the gap in the existing literature in terms of understanding the treatment needs and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer patients with substance abuse in Singapore. With this knowledge and understanding, this study hopes to develop recommendations to improve quality of care and accessibility of services for these individuals via tailoring treatment services, and implementing training for staff to allow them to work more effectively with them. 

  3. Demographic and Clinical Profile of Women with Substance Use Disorders Seeking Treatment at an Addiction Centre in Singapore

    This descriptive study seeks to gain insight into the demographic and clinical characteristics of the women patients, seeking treatment at an addiction centre in Singapore, the National Addictions Management Service (NAMS), over a period between October 2014 and September 2017. By doing retrospective analysis, the aim is to profile the socio-demographics, clinical diagnosis, and retention and admission rate of female treatment seeking patients of NAMS. Based on the results, it would then allow staff to tailor appropriate strategies, and services guided from a gender and cultural perspective.

  4. Attention Bias Modification Application for Individuals with Addictive Disorder: Pilot Feasibility Study

    This study is a feasibility study which involves the inpatient patients of NAMS. The primary aim of the study is to determine the feasibility of an attention bias modification mobile application in the reduction of attention biases to substances related cues amongst individuals with addictive disorders. The secondary aim of the study is to determine if attention bias modification would affect secondary outcomes measures, in particular, that of cravings. The tertiary aim of the study is to obtain feedback from participants with regards to their appraisal and the perceived benefits of the application. The findings from the current research would help in the development of mobile attention bias tools for a variety of addictive disorders, to complement the existing psychological therapies that are utilised clinically for individuals with such disorders.

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