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Title: Prevalence of Substance Abuse Among Registered Nurses
Journal: Nursing Research  Volume:40  Issue:3  Dated:(June 1991)  Pages:172-175
Author(s): A M Trinkoff; W W Eaton; J C Anthony
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA04823; DA03992; DA04392
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 143 nurses and a matched group of 1,410 non- nurses were compared to estimate the prevalence of drug abuse and depression among employed registered nurses and to compare them with other employed individuals.
Abstract: Participants were obtained from a probability sample of households that were part of the National Institute of Mental Health Epidemiologic Catchment Area Program (ECA). The data came from five sites: Baltimore, St. Louis, New Haven, Conn., Durham, N.C., and Los Angeles. The nurses were matched by census tract and gender to a comparison group who were also employed at the time of interviews. Results revealed that nurses were no more likely than non-nurses to have engaged in illicit drug use or to have experienced depression. Nurses were also less likely to have experienced problems with alcohol abuse than were non-nurses. Future studies should focus on the identification of nurse subgroups that may be at increased risk for drug abuse. Table and 29 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Medical and dental services
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