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A novel treatment resource for co-occurring symptoms

Mccallum, Stacey L, Mikocka-Walus, Antonina, Keage, Hannah, Churches, Owen and Andrews, Jane 2013, A novel treatment resource for co-occurring symptoms, Advances in dual diagnosis, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 155-167, doi: 10.1108/ADD-08-2013-0018.

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Title A novel treatment resource for co-occurring symptoms
Author(s) Mccallum, Stacey L
Mikocka-Walus, AntoninaORCID iD for Mikocka-Walus, Antonina orcid.org/0000-0003-4864-3956
Keage, Hannah
Churches, Owen
Andrews, Jane
Journal name Advances in dual diagnosis
Volume number 6
Issue number 4
Start page 155
End page 167
Total pages 13
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2013-11-18
ISSN 1757-0972
2042-8324
Keyword(s) Dual diagnosis
treatment
Substance use disorders
alcohol
mental disorder
Summary This paper describes the development of a novel integrative self-directed treatment tool which uses cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to reduce anxiety symptoms in patients presenting to treatment for alcohol-related problems. More specifically, the purpose of this paper is to explore patient and health practitioner perceptions of the booklet, in order to determine its suitability and utility in the context of existing alcohol treatment services. The extent of cross-informant agreement between patient and health practitioner responses is also examined. – This research utilises a cross-sectional qualitative research design using semi-structured interview methods with patients presenting to hospital for alcohol-related diseases/illnesses/accidents/injuries (n=15) and practitioners (n=10) working at inpatient, outpatient and residential substance treatment facilities. – The present study found that the majority of patients (80 per cent) and practitioners (90 per cent) expressed a motivation to utilise the proposed booklet, agreeing that the booklet was a practical, achievable and educational resource for patients suffering from co-occurring anxiety symptoms in substance abuse facilities. Participants outlined limitations of the resource, suggesting that the booklet would be most suitable for patients with moderate to high cognitive ability, who also exhibit a motivation to change alcohol consumption and have access to additional support. – Findings from the present study suggest that the booklet may be most effective in improving treatment accessibility and patient treatment seeking behaviours; rather than reducing practitioner-patient contact. – This paper focuses on the development and utility of a novel resource suitable for substance abuse treatment facilities. The findings and feedback produced from the present study can assist with modifications of the intervention and in improving the effectiveness of future trials.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/ADD-08-2013-0018
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy)
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, Emerald Group Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30089708

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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