Core Addiction Medicine Competencies for Doctors, An International Consultation on Training

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Title: Core Addiction Medicine Competencies for Doctors, An International Consultation on Training
Authors: Ayu, Astri Parawita
el-Guebaly, Nady
Schellekens, Arnt
Cullen, Walter
Klimas, Jan
et al.
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Date: Jul-2017
Abstract: BACKGROUND:Despite the high prevalence of substance use disorders, associated comorbidities and the evidence-base upon which to base clinical practice, most health systems have not invested in standardised training of healthcare providers in addiction medicine. As a result, people with substance use disorders often receive inadequate care, at the cost of quality of life and enormous direct health care costs and indirect societal costs. Therefore, we undertook this study to assess the views of international scholars, representing different countries, on the core set of addiction medicine competencies that need to be covered in medical education.METHODS:We interviewed 13 members of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM), from 12 different countries (37% response rate), over Skype, email survey or in-person - at the annual conference. We content-analysed the interview transcripts, using constant comparison methodology.RESULTS:We identified recommendations related to the core set of the addiction medicine competencies at three educational levels: (i) undergraduate (ii) postgraduate and (iii) continued medical education (CME). The participants described broad ideas, such as knowledge / skills / attitudes towards addiction to be obtained at undergraduate level, or knowledge of addiction treatment to be acquired at graduate level, as well as specific recommendations, including the need to tailor curriculum to national settings and different specialties.CONCLUSIONS:While it is unclear whether a global curriculum is needed, a consensus on a core set of principles for progression of knowledge, attitude and skills in addiction medicine to be developed at each educational level amongst medical graduates would likely have substantial value.
Funding Details: European Commission
Irish Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Substance Abuse
Volume: 38
Issue: 4
Start page: 483
End page: 487
Copyright (published version): 2017 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: AddictionExpert consultationMedical educationSubstance-related disorders
DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2017.1355868
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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