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anti-stigma intervention, nursing education, stigma, substance use disorders, teaching methods



  1. Dion, Kimberly PhD, RN, CNE, CARN
  2. Griggs, Stephanie PhD, RN


Background: Substance use disorder (SUD) is on the rise globally, and nurses are not prepared to care for this population.


Purpose: The purpose was to determine if a 4-hour antistigma intervention improved prelicensure student nurse attitudes and perceived stigma toward people with SUD.


Methods: This was a nonrandomized quasi-experimental survey study. Participants completed the 20-item Drug and Drug Problems Perception Questionnaire (DDPPQ), the 8-item Perceived Stigma of Substance Abuse Scale (PSAS), and the 13-item Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale at baseline and repeated the DDPPQ and PSAS postintervention. Paired t tests were used to determine the mean differences in the total DDPPQ and total PSAS scores.


Results: After the antistigma intervention, there was a significant improvement in overall therapeutic attitudes (t = 8.4, df = 108, P < .001) and perceived stigma (t = -2.5, df = 108, P = .01) in undergraduate nursing students (n = 126).


Conclusions: Incorporating antistigma educational approaches may lead to more involvement and compassionate care for people with SUD.