Assessing the impact of training on mental health nurses' therapeutic attitude and knowledge about co-morbidity: a randomised control trial

Alison Munro, H. E. Watson, Angus McFadyen

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Substance misuse can trigger or be causally associated with mental health problems. Therapeutic attitude is important in predicting effective engagement with people with alcohol and drug problems but health professionals' attitudes towards this client group are often negative. Education regarding substance misuse has often been neglected and nurses may lack knowledge to provide appropriate care. To test the impact of training for staff who work with people who have co-existing mental health and substance use problems. A randomised controlled trial. An NHS Primary Care Division in the West of Scotland. Forty-nine mental health nurses. Intervention. A four-day training programme. Measurements: (a) therapeutic attitudes measured by the co-morbidity problems perceptions questionnaire; (b) knowledge of alcohol, drugs and co-morbidity measured by a structured questionnaire. Significant effects for group (F=30.42, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1430-1438
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Volume44
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

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