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​​Substance Use Among Healthcare Providers in Kenya

Project Period: April 2023 to April 2024

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jasmit S Shah​

Co-Investigators: Co-PI: Prof Sayed Karar, Dr. Cyprian Mostert

Substance use among healthcare professionals is a growing concern in the healthcare sector. Studies indicate that a significant percentage of healthcare providers misuse drugs at some point in their careers, with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and benzodiazepines being the most commonly abused substances. Substance abuse among healthcare providers can lead to negative consequences, including impaired professional performance and decreased quality of patient care. Despite the importance of this issue, there is a lack of data on substance use among healthcare providers in Africa, highlighting the need for further research. This study aims to determine the prevalence of substance abuse among healthcare providers in Kenya, explore associated risk factors, and understand the impact of substance abuse on their lives.

This prospective cross-sectional survey study will involve accessible healthcare providers in Kenya, including medical doctors, nurses, and allied healthcare workers. A minimum sample size of 1110 participants will be recruited through collaborations with various healthcare facilities across the country. 

The findings of this study will provide valuable insights into the prevalence and risk factors associated with substance abuse among healthcare providers in Kenya. The results will be instrumental in designing effective mechanisms to address substance use and reduce its impact on healthcare professionals. The study's outcomes will be disseminated through national and international conferences and published in a peer-reviewed journal. Additionally, the results will be shared with hospital leadership to develop strategies aimed at tackling substance abuse among healthcare workers.

Substance use among healthcare providers poses significant challenges, affecting both personal and professional aspects of their lives. By investigating the prevalence, associated factors, and impact of substance use, this study aims to contribute to the existing knowledge and generate awareness about this critical issue. Addressing substance use among healthcare providers is crucial for ensuring the delivery of high-quality patient care and promoting the overall well-being of healthcare professionals.

This study is anonymous. To participate, please read the informed consent form and questionnaire here.