Rehabilitation Professionals' Knowledge and Attitudes about Substance Abuse Issues

Deborah J. Kiley, Allen W. Heinemann, Matthew Doll, Yvonne Shade-Zeldow, Elliot Roth, Gary Yarkony

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Rehabilitation professionals were surveyed regarding their knowledge of substance abuse, attitudes regarding patients' substance use, and referral practices for patients with substance abuse problems. A 47-item survey was completed by 1,211 professionals (37% response rate) after two follow-up attempts. Respondents suspected that 29% of their patients with traumatic injuries had substance abuse problems. Thirty percent reported that there was routine screening for alcohol and drug problems at their facilities. Fifty percent reported that substance abuse education was available for staff; 59% reported the presence of patient education regarding substance abuse. Although 79% reported that their facilities had referral procedures for patients with substance abuse problems, only 44% reported making referrals. Patients were referred most often to Alcoholics Anonymous. The results suggest the need for education regarding substance abuse assessment and treatment, facility policies, and referral procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-44
Number of pages10
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology

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