Impact of distance-learning training on substance use screening and brief intervention among health professionals and on their beliefs and attitudes toward drug use
Screening for alcohol and other drug (AOD) use followed by brief intervention (SBI) represents a useful tool for health professionals, since most people who are in the early stages of substance-related problems receive no guidance before developing significant consequences. In order to disseminate the techniques of SBI among Brazilian health professionals, the National Secretary on Drug Policy (SENAD), in partnership with the Drug Dependence Unit of UNIFESP, developed the distance learning program SUPERA. The aim of this study was to assess whether health professionals who participated in SUPERA changed their beliefs and behaviors related to AOD after completing the training. Health professionals from the Brazilian public health network who successfully completed the course (N = 1062) participated in the study. They answered a questionnaire on their beliefs and attitudes regarding AOD use before and after the course. After completing it, 91% of participants reported feeling more able t ...
- Impact of distance-learning training on substance use screening and brief intervention among health professionals and on their beliefs and attitudes toward drug use
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Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
- Online Date
- October 2012
- Online ISSN
- BioMed Central
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- Author Affiliations
- 1. Department of Biological Sciences, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
- 2. Department of Psychobiology, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
- 3. Center of Information on Psychotropic Drugs, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
- 4. Brazilian National Secretariat for Policies on Drugs, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil