|dc.contributor.author||Mpewo, Judah Thadeus||
|dc.identifier.citation||Mpewo, J .T. (2019). Healthcare workers perspectives of controlled prescription drug abuse in the health care workforce at Mulago National and Jinja Regional Referral hospitals. (unpublished masters dissertation). Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.||en_US
|dc.description||A dissertation submitted to the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Science in Pharmaceuticals and Health Supplies Management of Makerere University||en_US
Controlled prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic levels globally. Much as the problem is
known in the general population, little is known about healthcare workers. Abuse of controlled
prescription drugs by healthcare workers is associated with detrimental work outcomes. This study
was set out to explore the extent, drivers and work outcomes of controlled prescription drug abuse
among healthcare workers.
We conducted a phenomenological qualitative study at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital and
Mulago National Referral Hospital. Data collection was done across June and July, 2019. 27
healthcare workers were interviewed using a key informant guide. Responses were audio recorded
and others hand-written. The audio recordings were transcribed using Microsoft word. Using
thematic analysis, the data was analyzed to yield themes.
The respondents included 14 males and 13 females with a fair distribution across all the medical
disciplines. The mean age of the respondents was 39.59yrs and average experience of 11.07 years.
Participants reported abuse of morphine and pethidine dominantly in the operating theatres. Stress,
chronic illness, pain and marital issues were among the commonly reported drivers of controlled
prescription drug abuse. The abuse of controlled prescription drug abuse produced negative work,
personal and societal outcomes.
The study identified that 10-20% of healthcare workers abuse controlled prescription drugs.
Notably morphine and pethidine. The abuse was common among female nurses stationed in the
operating theatres. Stress, pain and marital issues were reported to cause abuse of the controlled
prescription drugs. The total impact on work was negative with absenteeism, late coming, wrong
doses and death of healthcare workers.||en_US
|dc.description.sponsorship||NURTURE fellowship program funded by the National Institutes of Health.||en_US
|dc.title||Healthcare workers perspectives of controlled prescription drug abuse in the health care workforce at Mulago National and Jinja Regional Referral hospitals||en_US