The challenge of psychiatric comorbidity to the public services for drug dependence in Italy. A national survey

Gino Pozzi, Alessandra Frustaci, Luigi Janiri, Massimo D. Giannantonio

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Abstract

We evaluated the availability of resources and specific expertise for treating comorbidity at the Italian public Services for Drug Dependence (SerTs). A stratified sample of 100 SerTs was constructed and a specific questionnaire mailed to the clinical managers. The interview aimed at: characteristics of the respondent; theoretical knowledge of comorbidity; influence of dual diagnosis on clinical practice; general, human, and organisational resources; quality evaluation. Main results: (a) 90% of managers are medical doctors but 95% claim about inadequate education of their staff. The results were also analysed by factors of stratification: regional distribution, urban/rural location, and number of clients in care. In conclusion, the problem of comorbidity should be faced more effectively, particularly by means of improved organisational resources and continuing education of staff members.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-230
Number of pages7
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 20 2006

Keywords

  • Dual diagnosis
  • Health resources
  • Quality assurance
  • Substance abuse treatment centres

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Toxicology
  • Health(social science)

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