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ERIC Number: EJ1004473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7637
The Influence of Lived Experience with Addiction and Recovery on Practice-Related Decisions among Professionals Working in Addiction Agencies Serving Women
Novotna, Gabriela; Dobbins, Maureen; Jack, Susan M.; Sword, Wendy; Niccols, Alison; Brooks, Sandy; Henderson, Joanna
Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, v20 n2 p140-148 2013
Aims: The study objectives were to: (1) understand the value attributed to the lived experience of addiction and recovery among professionals working in addiction agencies serving women in Canada and (2) describe how lived experience influence practice-related decision-making. Methods: A descriptive qualitative study was conducted with a purposeful sample of 26 addiction professionals from 24 addiction agencies. Subsequently, a secondary analysis was conducted to identify data that would provide greater insight into issues related to the use of lived experience in decision-making. Findings: Participants who either described their personal history of addiction or discussed the influence of others' lived experience on decisions made within the agency indicated that: (1) some professionals perceive lived experience and research evidence as two dichotomous concepts, viewing lived experience as more credible than research evidence; (2) personal experience with a particular treatment can guide treatment decisions; (3) strong adherence to only one source of evidence leads to intra-organizational conflict and (4) different sources of evidence in decision-making need to be acknowledged to inform practice. Conclusion: The addiction field can benefit from increased understanding of decision-making as a multifaceted process involving different sources of evidence, including addiction professionals' lived experiences of addiction and recovery.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada