Poland Country Drug Report 2019

Quality assurance

The National Programme for Counteracting Drug Addiction 2011-16 sets goals and courses of action with the aim of improving the quality of drug demand reduction measures, such as implementing recommendation procedures for drug prevention and mental health promotion programmes, and disseminating standards of good practice health service centres.

The implementation and coordination of tasks in the areas of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, harm reduction and social integration, as set out in the National Drugs Strategy, is vested in the National Bureau for Drug Prevention (KBPN), an agency of the Ministry of Health. Agencies such as the Centre for Education Development of the Ministry of Education oversee and support the implementation and assure the quality of educational programmes, while the Centre for Monitoring Quality in Health Care of the Ministry of Health supports actions aimed at improving the quality of medical services, including those offered to drug-dependent individuals. In 2013, the Minister of Health approved the accreditation standards for providing healthcare services and initiated the implementation of the accreditation system for residential drug treatment units. The KBPN, in collaboration with the State Agency for Preventing Alcohol-Related Problems and the Centre for Monitoring Quality in Health Care, carried out activities that aimed to develop specific guidelines for accreditation audits.

Collecting and disseminating information on evidence-based drug prevention programmes is one of the priority actions of the current national programme. In Poland, drug prevention quality standards and a framework for the recommendation system for drug prevention are in place. A database of recommended programmes in the fields of health promotion and prevention is available on the website of the KBPN; in 2017, it listed 20 programmes. In 2016 and 2017, a number of training sessions, seminars and conferences took place to promote the implementation of the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards as well as the Minimum Quality Standards in Drug Demand Reduction in Poland.

A certification system for drug treatment instructors and specialists is in place, and other training opportunities for specialists from different groups are also available. Each training component is implemented by entities selected through competitions conducted by the KBPN. The quality of the training is regularly evaluated by external institutions.

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Methodological note: Analysis of trends is based only on those countries providing sufficient data to describe changes over the period specified. The reader should also be aware that monitoring patterns and trends in a hidden and stigmatised behaviour like drug use is both practically and methodologically challenging. For this reason, multiple sources of data are used for the purposes of analysis in this report. Caution is therefore required in interpretation, in particular when countries are compared on any single measure. Detailed information on methodology and caveats and comments on the limitations in the information set available can be found in the EMCDDA Statistical Bulletin.