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Thesis: Extent and Patterns of Substance Use in Older Adults with a Mental Illness
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2nd October 2014: Dr Kathleen Ryan’s PhD thesis An Exploratory Study into the Extent and Patterns of Substance Use in Older Adults with a Mental Illness  focused on older people disadvantaged through coexisting mental illness and substance use issues (dual diagnosis). Her study investigated the extent and types of substances used in 60 older people with a mental illness. This study explored the frequency and types of substances used; the reasons for use; and, views on change. The study also examined the applicability of the ASSIST substance-screening instrument for an older population. The results indicated that a range of licit and illicit substances were used with varying frequency. The study found that the extent of alcohol/drugs used previously and currently is high. Alcohol, sedatives and tobacco are the most commonly used.

Those aged 55-64 have used and currently use to a larger extent a greater range of substances, most noticeably cannabis, as well as alcohol, benzodiazepines and caffeine than those aged 65+. Only those aged 55-64 have used a (non-medical) drug by injection. Complex and multi-faceted reasons for substances use and views on change were found along with an overlap between reasons for use and reasons for change. It is anticipated that the findings from this study will provide the basis for further policy development within the dual diagnosis field and will help contribute towards more effective clinical practice with an older population with dual diagnosis.

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