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The Association of State-level Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths with the Capacity of Behavioural Health Professionals in the United States

Author
Corresponding AuthorZhu, Jiming
Publication Years
2022-06-01
DOI
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ISSN
0966-0410
EISSN
1365-2524
Abstract

As behavioural health occupations have diversified, more specialists such as social workers and counsellors are involved in providing substance use disorder treatment services. This study examined the association between changes in the number of different types of behavioural health professionals and changes in drug and opioid overdose deaths in the United States. Using publicly available state-level data from 2008 to 2017, we constructed multivariate linear regression models with state- and year fixed-effects to examine the effect of changes in the number of different types of behavioural health professionals (i.e. psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and counsellors) on changes in drug and opioid overdose deaths at the state level, controlling for state population characteristics and other state-level factors. After controlling for confounding factors, a 1% increase in the number of social workers and counsellors at the state level was significantly associated with a 0.215% reduction in drug overdose deaths per 100,000 state population and with a 0.358% reduction in opioid overdose deaths per 100,000 state population. We did not find statistically significant associations between changes in drug overdose death rates and increases in the number of psychiatrists or psychologists alone. Our findings suggest efforts to facilitate a prepared and skilled workforce, such as expanding the capacity of social workers and counsellors, to maximise access to substance use disorder treatment services.

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WOS Research Area
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health ; Social Work
WOS Subject
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health ; Social Work
WOS Accession No
WOS:000812604700001
ESI Research Field
SOCIAL SCIENCES, GENERAL
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Web of Science in the Community
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Cited Times [WOS]:0
Document TypeJournal Article
Identifierhttp://kc.sustech.edu.cn/handle/2SGJ60CL/343033
DepartmentSouthern University of Science and Technology
Affiliation
1.Southern Univ Sci & Technol, Sch Publ Hlth & Emergency Management, Shenzhen, Peoples R China
2.Xiamen Univ, Sch Econ, Xiamen, Peoples R China
3.Xiamen Univ, Wang Yanan Inst Studies Econ, Xiamen, Peoples R China
4.Emory Univ, Sch Med, Dept Psychiat & Behav Sci, Atlanta, GA 30322 USA
5.Atlanta VA Med Ctr, Mental Hlth Serv Line, Decatur, GA USA
6.Boston Childrens Hosp, Dept Pediat, Boston, MA USA
7.Harvard Med Sch, Boston, MA 02115 USA
8.Tsinghua Univ, Vanke Sch Publ Hlth, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
9.Tsinghua Univ, Inst Hlth China, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
10.Southern Univ Sci & Technol, Sch Publ Hlth & Emergency Management, Shenzhen, Peoples R China
11.Xiamen Univ, Sch Econ, Xiamen, Peoples R China
12.Xiamen Univ, Wang Yanan Inst Studies Econ, Xiamen, Peoples R China
13.Emory Univ, Sch Med, Dept Psychiat & Behav Sci, Atlanta, GA 30322 USA
14.Atlanta VA Med Ctr, Mental Hlth Serv Line, Decatur, GA USA
15.Boston Childrens Hosp, Dept Pediat, Boston, MA USA
16.Harvard Med Sch, Boston, MA 02115 USA
17.Tsinghua Univ, Vanke Sch Publ Hlth, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
18.Tsinghua Univ, Inst Hlth China, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationSouthern University of Science and Technology
First Author's First AffilicationSouthern University of Science and Technology
Recommended Citation
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Han Xinxin, Li Huihui, Tang Yi-Lang, et al. The association of state-level drug and opioid overdose deaths with the capacity of behavioural health professionals in the United States[J]. Health and Social Care in the Community,2022.
APA
Han, Xinxin,Li, Huihui,Tang, Yi-Lang,Palfrey, Judith,&Zhu, Jiming.(2022).The Association of State-level Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths with the Capacity of Behavioural Health Professionals in the United States.Health and Social Care in the Community.
MLA
Han, Xinxin,et al."The Association of State-level Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths with the Capacity of Behavioural Health Professionals in the United States".Health and Social Care in the Community (2022).
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