1st Edition

Substance Misuse in Primary Care A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

By Rosie Winyard Copyright 2005

    The unique theme of this book is multidisciplinary partnership. It includes contributions from a broad range of healthcare professionals and user advocates, with the common desire to share their perspective of developing primary care services. Together they provide an example of a multi-disciplinary partnership, and a powerful force for change. The reader is encouraged to enhance and develop their skills in providing effective assessments, treatments and care plans through first hand accounts from the authors' experiences including special sections on crack cocaine, alcohol problems, dual diagnosis and homelessness. This is furthered by a discussion of the context of care including the recent changes to the policy making agenda of the National Treatment Agency and the new GP Contract. Substance Misuse in Primary Care is a vital reference source not only for GPs but for the entire primary care team.


    Primary care practitioners, practice nurses, health visitors, midwives, specialist addictions nurses, counsellors, psychologists, medical registrars, student nurses, health and mental health service managers, social workers, staff at drop-in clinics, probation officers and all professionals who work with substance misusers will find this book invaluable.


    "Working with people and their substance-related problems requires wisdom, humility, patience and pragmatism.I am sure that this book will be of great value for all those interested in this important area of endeavour, and will contribute positively to attitudes, understanding and knowledge." Andrew McBride, in the foreword

    The policy context. Practical guide for the addiction liaison nurse in primary care. Users and care participation in treatment. Role of the practice nurse in substance misuse treatments - primary prevention and screening. Primary care nursing and alcohol - a new way forward. The role of the midwife working with a pregnant drug user. The role of health visitor. Group work and its effectiveness in relapse prevention with crack cocaine. The role of the practice counsellor in substance misuse. Special issues for effective treatment of homeless drug users. The complex world of dual diagnosis, nursing and primary care. Future directions and partnerships: the way forward.


    Rosie Winyard