The Epidemiology of Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders (Overview Paper 8)

About the Course:

The Epidemiology of Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders is presented in two parts. Part 1 is intended for non-scientists and explains what epidemiology is and how it can be used by practioners, administrators, and policymakers. Part 1 also presents some highlights from past epidemiologic studies of co-occurring disorders (COD) and introduces three major national studies that are regularly used as sources of information on the nature and extent of COD problems in the United States. Part 2 presents some detailed technical information on these three studies and is intended for audiences who have some familiarity with epidemiologic methods.

Journal/Publisher:

SAMHSA’s Co-Occurring Center for Excellance

Publication Date:

Printed 2007

Author

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the epidemiology of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. It is appropriate for an introductory level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Define epidemiology and tell why it is needed.

  2. Explain the major aims of the three national epidemiologic studies which include NCS-R, NSDUH, and NESARC.

  3. Discuss the main similarities and differences in the methods and findings of the epidemiologic studies inclusive of NCS-R, NSDUH, and NESARC.

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