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Positive health beliefs and behaviours in the midst of difficult lives: Women who inject drugs

Olsen, Anna; Banwell, Cathy; Dance, Phyllis; Maher, Lisa


Background: It is assumed that people who inject drugs (PWID) care little about their health. This emerges from social and moral perceptions of PWID and is framed by research that focuses on their morbidity and mortality. Drawing on the narratives of Australian women who inject drugs, we examined the salience of health for our participants and the contexts that structure their descriptions of health and wellbeing. Methods: We conducted qualitative interviews with 83 women who inject drugs and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Drug Policy
DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2012.01.003


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