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ERIC Number: EJ887919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0889-7077
The Patients in Recovery (PIR) Perspective: Teaching Physicians about Methamphetamine
Walley, Alexander Y.; Phillips, Karran A.; Gordon, Adam J.
Substance Abuse, v29 n4 p61-64 2008
Methamphetamine dependence is an emerging epidemic confronting physicians. In an effort to improve understanding of its impact, the authors presented an educational workshop at a national meeting for general internists featuring small group discussions with patients in recovery (PIR) from methamphetamine dependence. Participants rated the workshop highly, stating it would lead to concrete change in their teaching, research, or patient care practices and they would invite the workshop to their institution for presentation. Direct interaction with PIR was the most valued aspect of the workshop. Lessons learned included patient's fear of being "turned in" limits disclosure of methamphetamine use to physicians; active users have little insight into methamphetamine-related changes in physical appearance; and a sense of productivity reinforces ongoing methamphetamine use. Workshops that include small group discussions between physicians and PIR are an innovative, practical, and acceptable method to teach physicians about their role in helping patients with substance dependence. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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