Substance abuse intervention for health care workers: A preliminary report

TitleSubstance abuse intervention for health care workers: A preliminary report
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsLapham, SC, Chang, I, Gregory, C
JournalJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
PublisherNational Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (NCCBH)
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1094-3412
KeywordsDrug Abuse Prevention, Drug Education, early intervention, Employee Assistance Programs, evaluation of Workplace Initiative in Substance Education as enhancement to workplace managed care program for substance abuse prevention early intervention, health care organization professionals, Health Maintenance Organizations, Health Personnel, Impaired Professionals, managed care

The Workplace Managed Care Cooperative Agreement project targets 3,300 health care professionals in hospital, specialty clinic, and primary care settings located in metropolitan New Mexico communities. This project will evaluate whether enhancements to existing substance abuse prevention early intervention programs can prevent the onset of risky drinking, reduce prevalence of risky drinking, better identify employees who abuse alcohol and drugs, and improve employee wellness. This article describes one such enhancement (Project WISE [Workplace Initiative in Substance Education]), implemented at Lovelace Health Systems. Project WISE includes relatively low-cost elements such as substance abuse awareness training, information on how to reduce drinking, and brief motivational counseling. Evaluation will consist of baseline comparisons of the intervention and comparison sites, a process evaluation, a qualitative analysis using focus groups, and an outcome evaluation using health and work records. Methodological challenges, solutions, and implications for researchers undertaking similar projects are presented. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

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