What effect does public endorsement of treatment of alcoholism have on patient services?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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A 2010 study investigated a 10-year comparison of public endorsement of treatment and prejudice of the diagnoses of schizophrenia, depression, and alcohol dependence. Regarding alcohol dependence, high proportions of respondents in this study endorsed treatment, with general increases in the proportion endorsing treatment from doctors and specific increases in the proportions endorsing treatment from psychiatrists (from 61% in 1996 to 79% in 2006). This study found that more of the public embraces a neurobiological understanding of mental illness, which translates into support for services but not necessarily into a decrease in stigma. [56]


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