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  • 1 : Faculty of Public Health, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 2 : South Vietnam HIV Addiction Technology Transfer Center, 217 Hong Bang, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 3 : Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Vietnam PEPFAR Team, US Embassy Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Received 01/08/2018
  • Accepted 12/12/2018
  • Available online 31/12/2018
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Introduction: Continuing Medical Education (CME) significantly improves the competency of healthcare workers in Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) clinics. However, CME courses are very costly, and a few participants fully attended a course. Online training is an alternative approach to efficiently improve training outcomes. The study assessed needs and possibility of online training courses of MMT clinics in southern Vietnam.

Methods: A google form was designed to collect characteristics, man-powers, facilities, online activities and training needs of MMT clinics. E-mails were sent to all MMT clinics in southern Vietnam to ask for their participants. A representative of MMT clinics who satisfied the inclusion invited to complete the form.

Result: 93 MMT clinics completed the survey. The response rate was 62% (93/150). One MMT clinic had 3 doctors/assistant doctors, 3 pharmacists/drug dispensers, 2 consultants and 3 other professionals on average. The number of clients visiting the clinic in the last month was 150. About 94% (93/95) of MMT clinics provide other additional services. On average, 385 clients came to MMT for other services. All clinics had adequate devices for online and blended training.

Conclusion: MMT clinics had high training needs and were willing to attend online and blended training courses. Online and blended training were possible in MMT clinics.


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