Substance abuse patterns and psychiatric symptomatology among three healthcare provider groups evaluated in an out-patient program for impaired healthcare professionals

Julio I. Rojas, Haekyung Jeon-Slaughter, Michael Brand, Erin Koos

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Abstract

Three impaired health care provider groups (N = 84) (nurses, pharmacists, and providers with prescriptive authority) referred for a substance abuse evaluation at an outpatient-based program were compared on demographic and family factors, substance abuse patterns, and psychiatric symptomology as assessed by the Personality Assessment Inventory. Nurses had the highest rates of family history of addiction, problems with benzodiazepines, and psychiatric comorbidity. Overall, health care professionals endorsed opioids twice as often as alcohol as a preferred substance. Family history of addiction, sex, and psychiatric comorbidity emerged as salient factors among these health care professionals. Clinical implications are examined in light of the current findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-107
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Health care professionals
  • Personality Assessment Inventory
  • psychiatric comorbidity
  • substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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