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Screening and brief interventions for alcohol and other drug use among pregnant women attending midwife obstetric units in Cape Town, South Africa: a qualitative study of the views of health care professionals

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dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-05 en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-04T13:28:55Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-04T13:28:55Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/1854
dc.description.abstract Despite the negative consequences of alcohol and other drug use during pregnancy, few interventions for pregnant women are implemented, and little is known about their feasibility and acceptability in primary health care settings in South Africa. As part of the formative phase of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for substance use among women presenting for antenatal care, the present study explored health care workers' attitudes and perceptions about screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment among this population. Forty-three health care providers at 2 public sector midwife obstetric units in Cape Town, South Africa, were interviewed using an open-ended, semi structured interview schedule designed to identify factors that hinder or support the implementation of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for substance use in these settings. Transcribed interviews were analysed using the framework approach. Health care providers agreed that there is a substantial need for screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for substance use among pregnant women and believe such services potentially could be integrated into routine care. Several women-, staff-, and clinic-level barriers were identified that could hinder the successful implementation in antenatal services. These barriers included the nondisclosure of alcohol and other drug use, the intervention being considered as an add-on service or additional work, negative staff attitudes toward implementation of an intervention, poor staff communication styles such as berating women for their behaviour, lack of interest from staff, time constraints, staff shortages, overburdened workloads, and language barriers. The utility of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for addressing substance use among pregnant women in public health midwife obstetric units was supported, but consideration will need to be given to addressing a variety of barriers that have been identified. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en
dc.subject WOMEN en
dc.subject DRUG USE en
dc.subject PREGNANCY en
dc.subject ALCOHOL USE en
dc.subject HEALTH SERVICES en
dc.title Screening and brief interventions for alcohol and other drug use among pregnant women attending midwife obstetric units in Cape Town, South Africa: a qualitative study of the views of health care professionals en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume July en
dc.BudgetYear 2015/16 en
dc.ResearchGroup Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation en
dc.SourceTitle Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health en
dc.PlaceOfPublication New Jersey, USA en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8669 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 7489 en
dc.bibliographictitle Williams, P.P., Petersen, Z., Sorsdahl, K., Mathews, C., Everett-Murphy, K. & Parry, C.D.H. (2015) Screening and brief interventions for alcohol and other drug use among pregnant women attending midwife obstetric units in Cape Town, South Africa: a qualitative study of the views of health care professionals. <i>Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health</i>. July:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2015 en
dc.contributor.author1 Williams, P.P. en
dc.contributor.author2 Petersen, Z. en
dc.contributor.author3 Sorsdahl, K. en
dc.contributor.author4 Mathews, C. en
dc.contributor.author5 Everett-Murphy, K. en
dc.contributor.author6 Parry, C.D.H. en


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