Studies on Chemical Dependency
Recently, there have been multiple studies relating to chemical dependency. This kind of substance abuse manifests itself differently in different people, so it is important to analyze it from many different perspectives. For example, people with different physical characteristics, jobs, and personalities will experience this addiction differently. A specific recent study put out by the NIH analyzed rates of relapse. In general, this is an important aspect of recovery to consider because it can help health providers know what kind of care is the best-lasting. In addition, this study also analyzed whether these physicians were able to return to their practices. Researchers analyzed surgeons and non-surgeon physicians differently to make sure the results are repeatable.
People who work high-stress jobs, such as physicians, are often found to be more at-risk for chemical dependency than people in other professions. Specialized treatment options for them are generally beneficial. However, should healthcare providers treat surgeons and non-surgeons differently in formal treatment programs? The study found that surgeons were more likely than non-surgeons to complete a physician health program. These programs facilitate addiction recovery from chemical dependency, nevertheless, surgeons were less likely to complete programs related to opiate addictions compared to non-surgeons. This could be because of stigma, accessibility issues, or the fact that surgeons do not feel like they have the time for these treatment programs.
Methodology and Impact
To reach these conclusions, the study analyzed dependency rates over a five-year span. This included the number of surgeons and non-surgeons able to return to the practice of medicine. Though not statistically significant, more surgeons completed satisfactory requirements to maintain their medical license and practice in their chosen profession compared to non-surgeon physicians. Furthermore, based on this data, there could be a need for specialized formal treatment options. However, we will need further studies in this area to get a conclusion that is statistically significant. For more information about how to identify and apply research statistics in your general practice, see the source article at the NCBI website.
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