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Title: Implementation of a Multi-Modal Training Program for the Management of Comorbid Mental Disorders in Drug and Alcohol Settings: Pathways to Comorbidity Care (PCC)
Authors: Childs, Steven ;Louie, E.;Morley, K.C.;Giannopoulos, V.;Uribe, G.;Wood, K.;Marel, C.;Mills, K.L.;Teesson, M.;Edwards, M.;Rogers, D.;Dunlop, A.;Baillie, A.;Haber, P.S.
Affliation: Central Coast Local Health District
Issue Date: Dec-2021
Source: 17(4):304-312
Journal title: Journal of Dual Diagnosis
Department: Drug & Alcohol
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the impact of the Pathways to Comorbidity Care (PCC) training program for alcohol and other drugs (AOD) clinicians to improve the management of comorbidity. METHODS: A controlled before-and-after study using PCC training was conducted across 6 matched sites in Australia including 35 clinicians. Controls received standard workplace training. PCC training included seminar presentations, workshops conducted by local "clinical champions," individual clinical supervision, and access to an online information portal. We examined (a) identification (screening, assessment) and treatment (treatment, referral) of comorbidity in practice (N = 10 clinical files per clinician), (b) self-efficacy, knowledge, and attitudes of clinicians. RESULTS: Significant improvements were observed in the PCC group but not the control sites with regards to the rate of clinical files showing identification of comorbidity (+50% v -12% change from baseline, respectively; [X(2) (1, N = 340) = 35.29, p = .01] with only a trend for improvements in the rate of files demonstrating treatment of comorbidity [X(2) (1, N = 340) = 10.45, p = .06]. There were significant improvements in the PCC relative to the control group for clinician self-efficacy, F(1,33) = 6.40, p = .02 and knowledge and attitudes of comorbidity monitoring, F(1,33) = 8.745, p = .01. CONCLUSIONS: The PCC training package may help improve identification of comorbidity, self-efficacy, and attitudes toward screening and monitoring of comorbidity in drug and alcohol settings.
DOI: 10.1080/15504263.2021.1984152
ISSN: 1550-4271
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Drug and Alcohol
Mental Health
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