Attitudes and perceptions of health professionals towards their work with drug users

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Unit:
ΠΜΣ Αντιμετώπιση Εξαρτήσεων-Εξαρτησιολογία
Library of the School of Health Sciences
Deposit date:
2018-07-20
Year:
2018
Author:
Alexopoulou Asimina
Supervisors info:
Μινέρβα - Μελπομένη Μαλλιώρη, Καθηγήτρια, Ιατρική, ΕΚΠΑ
Μαρίνα Οικονόμου, Αναπ. Καθηγήτρια, Ιατρική, ΕΚΠΑ
Μαρία Βασιλειάδου, Αναπ. Καθηγήτρια, Ιατρική, ΕΚΠΑ
Original Title:
Στάσεις και αντιλήψεις επαγγελματιών υγείας απέναντι στην εργασία τους με χρήστες ναρκωτικών ουσιών
Translated title:
Attitudes and perceptions of health professionals towards their work with drug users
Summary:
The presence of drug addicts in hospitals is a common occurrence, since addicts are attempting to deal with a plethora of problems related to their physical and mental health. Professional health workers are constantly multi-tasking and work in intensely stressful conditions under great pressure and with a heightened sense of responsibility. It is considered important to evaluate the attitudes and opinions of doctors and nurses toward their work with drug users because, as is known, these elements provide a prognostic behavioral factor (La Piere 1934, Aizen 1991, Eagley and Chaiken 1993) and exert influence on the quality of care that is offered (Moodley-Kunnie 1988).
OBJECTIVE: To measure the attitudes and perceptions of professional health workers toward their work with drug users so as to designate the “handling” that is ultimately applied when it is necessary to deal with this especially vulnerable group of patients.
METHOD: This pertains to a cross sectional study. Questionnaires comprising 22 questions were distributed to doctors and nurses in three general hospitals and one psychiatric hospital in Attica. The samples were requested of the emergency wards of the hospitals so that various medical specialties would be included. As a tool of measurement, we used DDPPQ (Drugs and Drug Problems Perceptions Questionnaire), which was designed by Hazel Watson, William Maclaren, Fraser Shaw and Andrew Nolan, for the evaluation of attitudes of workers in various areas of psychiatry toward drug users so as to define the educational needs of personnel coming into contact with drug users and to evaluate the impact of the attitudes and perceptions of health workers who come into contact with drug users.
CONCLUSIONS: The attitudes and perceptions of professional health workers toward their work with drug users are affected by work experience, the attendance of educational programs related to addictions and the age of the respondents.
Keywords:
Stigma, Health workers, Drug users
Index:
No
Number of index pages:
0
Contains images:
Yes
Number of references:
40
Number of pages:
70

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