Inequalities in healthcare provision for individuals with substance use disorders: Perspectives from healthcare professionals and clients

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Abstract

Background:
Little is known about inequalities in healthcare provision for individuals with substance use disorders. The main objective of this study was to assess expectations and perceptions of inequalities in healthcare provision among healthcare professionals (HCPs) and clients in treatment for substance use disorders.
Method:
General practitioners, healthcare professionals (HCPs) of mental healthcare- and specialized addiction services, and clients in treatment for substance use disorders filled out a questionnaire in which expectations and perceptions of inequalities in healthcare provision were assessed. Descriptive statistics and ANOVAs were used to illustrate the expectations and perceptions of respondents and to compare groups of respondents.
Results:
Approximately one-third of the respondents expected inequalities in healthcare provision, whereas perceptions of inequalities were less prevalent across all groups. Healthcare professionals were slightly more negative in their expectations compared to clients.
Conclusion:
This study provides insights into expectations and perceptions of professionals and clients about inequalities in healthcare provision. This study adds to the scarce body of literature concerning inequalities in healthcare provision from the perspective of HCPs and clients. More research, such as observational research, are needed in order to gain a better understanding of inequalities in the healthcare provision for clients with substance use disorders.
Keywords:Attitude of health personnel, healthcare disparities, social stigma, substance-related disorders
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-140
JournalJournal of Substance Use
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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