The impact of work-related factors on soldiers' treatment: Providers' perspectives
Clinton-Sherrod, A., Gibbs, D., Hardison Walters, J., Martin, S., & Johnson, R. (2012). The impact of work-related factors on soldiers' treatment: Providers' perspectives. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 12(1), 69-88. DOI: 10.1080/1533256X.2012.646588
Military settings present a unique context that can affect the continuity of care for substance abuse and other issues. We examined the impact of military work-related factors (increased work tempo, deployment, and permanent change of station) on treatment disruption for substance abuse and family violence among Army soldiers from the perspective of substance abuse treatment providers and clinical social workers. Among the 264 respondents, nearly 90% of providers reported that work-related factors resulted in disruption or termination of soldiers' treatment. Given the potential implications of treatment disruption on treatment effectiveness, steps for ensuring treatment continuity for soldiers should be considered.