Closing gap between workforce needs and training provision in addiction medicine

Substance use disorders represent a significant social and economic burden globally. While effective interventions exist, the overall treatment coverage remains limited, with lack of an adequately trained workforce as one of the prominent reasons.

World over, recent initiatives have been taken to improve the training in addiction medicine; however, further efforts are required in building curricula that are internationally applicable. Here, we present a recent paper published in the British Journal of Psychiatry – International, https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/bjpsych-international

We, as a Network of Early Career Professionals in Addiction Medicine (NECPAM) from different parts of the world, believe that perceived training needs of professionals in addiction medicine have not been explored in details as yet. We propose that a peer-led survey to assess the training needs using a standardized structured tool can be used to overcome this void.

Address workforce needs in addiction medicine worldwide

The findings from this survey can be used to propose:

  1. a core set of competencies that is based on views of those working in the field, which is
  2. sufficiently flexible in its implementation to address a variety of specific needs of professionals working in addiction medicine worldwide.

Citation: Arya, S., Delic, M., Indave, I., Klimas, J., Pappanti D., Stepanov A., Cock, V., Krupchanka, D. (2019) Closing the gap between training needs and training provision in addiction medicine. British J Psychiatry International (Early Online Dec 2nd) doi:10.1192/bji.2019.27

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