A descriptive study on emergency department doctors' and nurses' knowledge and attitudes concerning substance use and substance users.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/201272
Title:
A descriptive study on emergency department doctors' and nurses' knowledge and attitudes concerning substance use and substance users.
Authors:
Kelleher, Sean; Cotter, Patrick
Affiliation:
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Ireland. s.kelleher@ucc.ie
Citation:
A descriptive study on emergency department doctors' and nurses' knowledge and attitudes concerning substance use and substance users. 2009, 17 (1):3-14 Int Emerg Nurs
Journal:
International emergency nursing
Issue Date:
Jan-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/201272
DOI:
10.1016/j.ienj.2008.08.003
PubMed ID:
19135010
Abstract:
The aim of this study was to determine emergency department doctors' and nurses' knowledge and attitudes regarding problematic substance use and substance users.; Data were collected using an adapted survey questionnaire and the Substance Abuse Attitude Survey (SAAS). By means of convenience/opportunistic sampling all emergency department doctors and nurses (N=145) working in three university teaching hospitals in Ireland were asked to fill out the knowledge and attitudes questionnaire.; A response rate of 46%, N=66 was achieved. Results indicate that participants' current level of knowledge about alcohol and drug misuse in general, is satisfactory. A particular knowledge deficit in relation to intervention strategies, and other substances was identified. The majority of participants have never received any specific training regarding substance use and this suggests that substance using patients are managed inadequately. The SAAS results indicate that participants exhibited near-optimal attitudes for constructive working with substance using patients.; There is an urgent need for further in-service training programmes and the development of standard protocols/guidelines for the identification and management of substance using patients who present in the emergency department.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
AIM: The aim of this study was to determine emergency department doctors' and nurses' knowledge and attitudes regarding problematic substance use and substance users. METHODS: Data were collected using an adapted survey questionnaire and the Substance Abuse Attitude Survey (SAAS). By means of convenience/opportunistic sampling all emergency department doctors and nurses (N=145) working in three university teaching hospitals in Ireland were asked to fill out the knowledge and attitudes questionnaire. RESULTS: A response rate of 46%, N=66 was achieved. Results indicate that participants' current level of knowledge about alcohol and drug misuse in general, is satisfactory. A particular knowledge deficit in relation to intervention strategies, and other substances was identified. The majority of participants have never received any specific training regarding substance use and this suggests that substance using patients are managed inadequately. The SAAS results indicate that participants exhibited near-optimal attitudes for constructive working with substance using patients. CONCLUSION: There is an urgent need for further in-service training programmes and the development of standard protocols/guidelines for the identification and management of substance using patients who present in the emergency department.
MeSH:
Adult; Attitude of Health Personnel; Clinical Competence; Drug Users; Emergency Medicine; Emergency Nursing; Emergency Service, Hospital; Empathy; Female; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Health Services Needs and Demand; Humans; Ireland; Male; Medical Staff, Hospital; Middle Aged; Nursing Methodology Research; Nursing Staff, Hospital; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Professional Role; Questionnaires; Stereotyping; Substance-Related Disorders
ISSN:
1878-013X

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dc.contributor.authorKelleher, Seanen
dc.contributor.authorCotter, Patricken
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-10T12:59:57Z-
dc.date.available2012-01-10T12:59:57Z-
dc.date.issued2009-01-
dc.identifier.citationA descriptive study on emergency department doctors' and nurses' knowledge and attitudes concerning substance use and substance users. 2009, 17 (1):3-14 Int Emerg Nursen
dc.identifier.issn1878-013X-
dc.identifier.pmid19135010-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ienj.2008.08.003-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/201272-
dc.descriptionAIM: The aim of this study was to determine emergency department doctors' and nurses' knowledge and attitudes regarding problematic substance use and substance users. METHODS: Data were collected using an adapted survey questionnaire and the Substance Abuse Attitude Survey (SAAS). By means of convenience/opportunistic sampling all emergency department doctors and nurses (N=145) working in three university teaching hospitals in Ireland were asked to fill out the knowledge and attitudes questionnaire. RESULTS: A response rate of 46%, N=66 was achieved. Results indicate that participants' current level of knowledge about alcohol and drug misuse in general, is satisfactory. A particular knowledge deficit in relation to intervention strategies, and other substances was identified. The majority of participants have never received any specific training regarding substance use and this suggests that substance using patients are managed inadequately. The SAAS results indicate that participants exhibited near-optimal attitudes for constructive working with substance using patients. CONCLUSION: There is an urgent need for further in-service training programmes and the development of standard protocols/guidelines for the identification and management of substance using patients who present in the emergency department.en
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this study was to determine emergency department doctors' and nurses' knowledge and attitudes regarding problematic substance use and substance users.-
dc.description.abstractData were collected using an adapted survey questionnaire and the Substance Abuse Attitude Survey (SAAS). By means of convenience/opportunistic sampling all emergency department doctors and nurses (N=145) working in three university teaching hospitals in Ireland were asked to fill out the knowledge and attitudes questionnaire.-
dc.description.abstractA response rate of 46%, N=66 was achieved. Results indicate that participants' current level of knowledge about alcohol and drug misuse in general, is satisfactory. A particular knowledge deficit in relation to intervention strategies, and other substances was identified. The majority of participants have never received any specific training regarding substance use and this suggests that substance using patients are managed inadequately. The SAAS results indicate that participants exhibited near-optimal attitudes for constructive working with substance using patients.-
dc.description.abstractThere is an urgent need for further in-service training programmes and the development of standard protocols/guidelines for the identification and management of substance using patients who present in the emergency department.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshAdult-
dc.subject.meshAttitude of Health Personnel-
dc.subject.meshClinical Competence-
dc.subject.meshDrug Users-
dc.subject.meshEmergency Medicine-
dc.subject.meshEmergency Nursing-
dc.subject.meshEmergency Service, Hospital-
dc.subject.meshEmpathy-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHealth Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice-
dc.subject.meshHealth Services Needs and Demand-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshMedical Staff, Hospital-
dc.subject.meshMiddle Aged-
dc.subject.meshNursing Methodology Research-
dc.subject.meshNursing Staff, Hospital-
dc.subject.meshPractice Guidelines as Topic-
dc.subject.meshProfessional Role-
dc.subject.meshQuestionnaires-
dc.subject.meshStereotyping-
dc.subject.meshSubstance-Related Disorders-
dc.titleA descriptive study on emergency department doctors' and nurses' knowledge and attitudes concerning substance use and substance users.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentSchool of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Ireland. s.kelleher@ucc.ieen
dc.identifier.journalInternational emergency nursingen
dc.description.provinceMunster-
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