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
    • Stigma/discrimination
  • Population(s)
    • People who use drugs
    • General HIV+ population
    • General HIV- population


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