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Mental illness and substance use : an Australian perspective

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posted on 2008-08-01, 00:00 authored by Ian Munro, Karen-Leigh Edward
This paper presents a review of the literature of service trends and practice recommendations for management of those with the dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse. The method for the review was to search bibliographical data bases and hand held literature published in English between 1990 and 2007. Using the search terms dual diagnosis, and co-morbidity and mental illness, 93 abstracts were selected and reviewed. The authors concluded that a collaborative approach to care with better integration of drug and alcohol services within mental health would benefit clients with a dual diagnosis. Improved education to enhance the assessment and diagnosis of this client group is also considered essential for clinicians in both mental health and alcohol and drugs services.

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Journal

International journal of mental health nursing

Volume

17

Issue

4

Pagination

255 - 260

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Science Asia

Location

Carlton, Vic.

ISSN

1445-8330

eISSN

1447-0349

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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