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ERIC Number: EJ869250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 104
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7637
Health Professionals' Attitudes towards AOD-Related Work: Moving the Traditional Focus from Education and Training to Organizational Culture
Skinner, Natalie; Roche, Ann M.; Freeman, Toby; Mckinnon, Anna
Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, v16 n3 p232-249 2009
Aim: This article presents a critical review of research on health professionals' attitudes towards alcohol and other drug (AOD)-related work relevant to both researchers and practitioners. It moves beyond education and training programs to examine the relevance of organizational culture in influencing attitudes. Method: A review of research conducted on health professionals' attitudes towards AOD-related work, and strategies to develop positive attitudes was undertaken. Findings: 12 evidence-based tenets were identified in regard to attitudes towards AOD-related work. Key findings include the importance of professional attitudes related to confidence and perceived legitimacy of responding, and personal attitudes related to social justice concerns. Education/training and role support were identified as important evidence-based strategies to develop and support positive attitudes. Conclusion: To foster development of positive attitudes and effective responses in regard to AOD-related work a focus that extends beyond the individual worker is required. Education and training are a necessary, but not sufficient, condition to ensure health professionals' capacity and willingness to respond to AOD issues. Research on organizational culture provides valuable insight into the types of organizational and systems factors likely to influence AOD-related attitudes and work practice. Key strategies to develop an organizational culture supportive of AOD-related work and future research areas are highlighted. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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