Evaluation of a Pilot Intervention to Reduce Mental Health and Addiction Stigma in Primary Care Settings

AbstractHealthcare environments are not exempt from the impact of stigma against mental illness and addiction, which contributes to barriers to client access and appropriate treatment. To address this concern, healthcare organizations have a growing interest in mental illness and addiction anti-stigma anti-discrimination programming as part of their staff-wide professional development. Though standard interventions demonstrate effectiveness in the short and mid-term, the evidence for long-term change is inconclusive. A flexible, innovative intervention was developed in collaboration with community health care centres to reduce mental illness and addiction stigma and discrimination at an organizational level. A mixed methods approach was utilized to develop the intervention design and evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention. 137 people participated in the survey component of the study and five senior management staff in interviews. Quantitative results showed that the intervention was effective in changing attitudes toward mental illness (e.g. 5,9% improvement in OMS-HC score, p  
Source: Journal of Community Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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(Oxford University Press USA) Opioids play an important role in how cancer patients manage pain, but the ongoing opioid epidemic has raised concerns about their potential for abuse. A new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reveals that several factors are associated with a risk for persistent opioid use, including younger age, white race, unemployment at the time of cancer diagnosis, lower median income, and current or prior tobacco use.
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Source: Current Addiction Reports - Category: Addiction Source Type: research
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