The impact of pluralistic ignorance on the provision of health care for people who inject drugs

Brener, Loren, von Hippel, Courtney, Horwitz, Robyn and Hamwood, Jade (2015) The impact of pluralistic ignorance on the provision of health care for people who inject drugs. Journal of Health Psychology, 20 9: 1240-1249. doi:10.1177/1359105313510336


Author Brener, Loren
von Hippel, Courtney
Horwitz, Robyn
Hamwood, Jade
Title The impact of pluralistic ignorance on the provision of health care for people who inject drugs
Journal name Journal of Health Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-1053
1461-7277
Publication date 2015-09-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1359105313510336
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 20
Issue 9
Start page 1240
End page 1249
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher SAGE Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Health workers who work with people who inject drugs may believe that their colleagues hold less favorable attitudes toward health services for people who inject drugs than themselves—a phenomenon termed pluralistic ignorance. This research explores whether the presumed attitudes of their colleagues, rather than their own attitudes, predict the behavioral intentions of health workers toward people who inject drugs. A total of 57 hospital-based health workers were surveyed to assess their attitudes toward harm reduction services for people who inject drugs and their perceptions of colleagues’ attitudes. They then responded to a scenario assessing their likelihood of prescribing opiate-based medication to people who inject drugs. Data illustrate that participants support harm reduction services for people who inject drugs more than they believe their colleagues do, demonstrating pluralistic ignorance. Interestingly, participants’ prescription of opiate-based pain medication was predicted by beliefs about their colleagues’ support for services for people who inject drugs, rather than their own beliefs.
Keyword Discrimination
Health services
Healthcare workers
People who inject drugs
Pluralistic Ignorance
Stigma
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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