World Addiction Medicine Reports: formation of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) Global Expert Network (ISAM-GEN) and Its global surveys

Hamed Ekhtiari*, Arash Khojasteh Zonoozi, Parnian Rafei, Fateme Sadat Abolghasemi, Dan Pemstein, Tarek Abdelgawad, Sophia Achab, Hamad Al Ghafri, Mustafa Al’Absi, Michaël Bisch, Aldo Alberto Conti, Atul Ambekar, Shalini Arunogiri, Roshan Bhad, Rabia Bilici, Kathleen Brady, Gregory Bunt, Anja Busse, Jenna L. Butner, Ahmad DaneshJoseph El-Khoury, Fatima El Omari, Darius Jokūbonis, Cor de Jong, Geert Dom, Mohsen Ebrahimi, Ali Fathi Jouzdani, Marica Ferri, Susanna Galea-Singer, Dario Gigena Parker, Susumu Higuchi, Preethy Kathiresan, Emira Khelifa, Christos Kouimtsidis, Evgeny M. Krupitsky, Jiang Long, Icro Maremmani, Garrett McGovern, Hossein Mohaddes Ardabili, Afarin Rahimi-Movaghar, Solomon Tshimong Rataemane, Arshiya Sangchooli, Goodman Sibeko, Anna Maria Vella, Salvador Benjamin D. Vista, Mehran Zare-Bidoky, Min Zhao, Afzal Javed, Marc N. Potenza, Alexander Mario Baldacchino*

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Addiction medicine is a dynamic field that encompasses clinical practice and research in the context of societal, economic, and cultural factors at the local, national, regional, and global levels. This field has evolved profoundly during the past decades in terms of scopes and activities with the contribution of addiction medicine scientists and professionals globally. The dynamic nature of drug addiction at the global level has resulted in a crucial need for developing an international collaborative network of addiction societies, treatment programs and experts to monitor emerging national, regional, and global concerns. This protocol paper presents methodological details of running longitudinal surveys at national, regional, and global levels through the Global Expert Network of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM-GEN). The initial formation of the network with a recruitment phase and a round of snowball sampling provided 354 experts from 78 countries across the globe. In addition, 43 national/regional addiction societies/associations are also included in the database. The surveys will be developed by global experts in addiction medicine on treatment services, service coverage, co-occurring disorders, treatment standards and barriers, emerging addictions and/or dynamic changes in treatment needs worldwide. Survey participants in categories of (1) addiction societies/associations, (2) addiction treatment programs, (3) addiction experts/clinicians and (4) related stakeholders will respond to these global longitudinal surveys. The results will be analyzed and cross-examined with available data and peer-reviewed for publication.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1230318
Number of pages14
JournalFrontiers in Psychiatry
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2024


  • Addiction medicine
  • Global
  • Expert
  • Survey
  • Elicitation
  • Network


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