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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2012): Mental health services - overseas

Integrating addiction and mental health networks to improve access to treatment for people with alcohol and drug-related problems: a qualitative study

F. Fonseca, G. Gilchrist and M. Torrens

Advances in Dual Diagnosis, vol. 5, 2012, p. 5-14

The Improving Access to Treatment for People with Alcohol and Drug-related Problems study was a European multi-centre study which detected barriers and facilitators to accessing treatment for patients with drug and alcohol misuse problems. This paper describes the main results of the qualitative investigation conducted in Catalunya through interviews with staff and patients and a staff questionnaire. Many views on barriers to accessing treatment were shared by patients and staff, especially: lack of motivation, lack of information about available services, waiting and consultation times, and stigma. Staff identified additional barriers: the waiting times for referrals to tertiary services, lack of specific training in treating addiction and lack of co-ordination and integration of the mental health and addiction sectors.

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