Community oriented substance use programme in the City of Tshwane : a cross-sectional survey of stakeholder perceptions

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dc.contributor.author Scheibe, Andrew
dc.contributor.author Ncube, Likwa
dc.contributor.author Nonyane, Dimakatso S.
dc.contributor.author Coetzee-Spies, Magriet
dc.contributor.author Marcus, Tessa S.
dc.date.accessioned 2023-10-31T12:18:08Z
dc.date.available 2023-10-31T12:18:08Z
dc.date.issued 2023-09
dc.description.abstract The City of Tshwane and University of Pretoria’s Community Oriented Substance Use Programme (COSUP) is an applied research intervention to address drug use-related harms in the city by using a harm reduction community-oriented primary care approach. This is a study of stakeholder perceptions of South Africa’s first publicly funded community-based harm reduction programme. In late 2021, purposively sampled respondents were surveyed using a cross-sectional survey. Electronically captured data were collected on respondent demographic characteristics, familiarity with COSUP and perceptions of COSUP’s effect on service users’ well-being, access to drug use services, family relationships, community integration, and on effective approaches to managing drug use. Frequencies and proportions were analysed as a total and by the degree of familiarity with COSUP, using descriptive statistics. Overall, 338 (93.1%) of the 363 stakeholders who consented to participate in the study had some familiarity with COSUP. Socio-demographically, 68.1% were female and over half (52.4%) were aged between 25–39 years. Most (70–80%) thought COSUP improved client well-being, family relationships and community re-integration. Most (80–84%) perceived COSUP to have increased service provider willingness to support people who use drugs, improved stakeholder networking and raised awareness of drug-related services. Most (76%) considered harm reduction to be the best approach to manage harmful drug use in the city. Stakeholders exposed to the work of COSUP perceive the intervention to be beneficial for individuals, families and service-providing organisations. Most favour a harm reduction approach to drug use and believe COSUP should be sustained and expanded. en_US
dc.description.department Family Medicine en_US
dc.description.department Social Work and Criminology en_US
dc.description.librarian hj2023 en_US
dc.description.uri https://unisapressjournals.co.za/index.php/SWPR/index en_US
dc.identifier.citation Scheibe, Andrew, Likwa Ncube, Dimakatso Nonyane, Magriet Coetzee-Spies, and Tessa Marcus. 2023. “Community Oriented Substance Use Programme in the City of Tshwane: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Stakeholder Perceptions”. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development 35 (3):19 pages. https://doi.org/10.25159/2708-9355/13358. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2708-9355 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.25159/2708-9355/13358
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/93126
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Unisa Press en_US
dc.rights © The Authors 2023. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/). en_US
dc.subject Community oriented substance use programme (COSUP) en_US
dc.subject Harm reduction interventions en_US
dc.subject Drug use en_US
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_US
dc.subject Stakeholder perceptions en_US
dc.subject Drug use disorder treatment en_US
dc.subject SDG-03: Good health and well-being en_US
dc.subject SDG-11: Sustainable cities and communities en_US
dc.title Community oriented substance use programme in the City of Tshwane : a cross-sectional survey of stakeholder perceptions en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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