Alcohol and drug treatment for women: Clinicians’ beliefs and practice

Authors

  • Lois Cowan,

    1. School of Nursing, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Christchurch,
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  • Daryle Deering,

    1. National Addiction Centre (Aotearoa New Zealand), Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch and
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  • Marie Crowe,

    1. Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch, New Zealand
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  • Doug Sellman,

    1. National Addiction Centre (Aotearoa New Zealand), Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch and
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  • Ann Futterman-Collier,

    1. National Addiction Centre (Aotearoa New Zealand), Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch and
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  • Simon Adamson

    1. National Addiction Centre (Aotearoa New Zealand), Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch and
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  • Lois Cowan, RPN, M.Heal.Sc. (Credit).

  • Daryle Deering, RCpN, BA, M.Heal.Sc. (Dist.).

  • Marie Crowe, RPN, PhD.

  • Doug Sellman, MBChB, PhD.

  • Ann Futterman-Collier, PhD.

  • Simon Adamson, MSc (Dist.), DipClinPsych.

Correspondence: Lois Cowan School of Nursing, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, PO Box 540, Christchurch, New Zealand. Email: cowanl@cpit.ac.nz

ABSTRACT

The present paper reports on the results of a telephone survey of 217 alcohol and drug treatment clinicians on their beliefs and practice, in relation to service provision for women. Nurses comprised the second largest professional group surveyed. Seventy-eight percent of clinicians believed that women's treatment needs differed from men's and 74% reported a range of approaches and interventions, such as assisting with parenting issues and referral to women-only programmes. Several differences emerged in relation to approaches and interventions used, depending on clinician gender, work setting and proportion of women on clinicians’ caseload. Implications for mental health nursing include the need to more systematically incorporate gender-based treatment needs into practice and undergraduate and postgraduate education and training programmes.

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