Interventions to reduce stigma among health care providers working with substance users
Key take-home messages
- The attitudes and behaviours of practitioners have been linked to a variety of clinical outcomes in different patient groups.
- The prevalence of stigma among health care providers towards people who use drugs is well-documented in the literature and can result in barriers to healthcare access and poor health outcomes.
- There are limited evidence-based interventions to reduce stigma among health care providers who work with substance users.
- The majority of identified interventions are educational, and appear to target stigma at a structural level; these include specialized training for health care students and for professionals who work directly with people who use drugs.
The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: Rapid Response Service
- Determinants of Health
- Health services
- People who use drugs
- General HIV+ population
- General HIV- population