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The effect of attitudes, subjective norms and stigma on health-care providers’ intention to recommend medicinal cannabis to patients.

Int J Nurs Pract. 2020 Mar 31;:e12836

Authors: Melnikov S, Aboav A, Shalom E, Phriedman S, Khalaila K

Abstract
AIM: The aim of this study was to explore the effect of health-care providers’ attitudes towards the medical use of cannabis, subjective norms and perceived stigma towards medicinal cannabis users on health-care providers’ intention to recommend medicinal cannabis for patients with qualifying conditions.
METHODS: A cross-sectional correlational study included 221 health-care providers (mean age, 42.2 ± 11.2; 74.2% women and 76.5% nurses) who completed a questionnaire examining theory-based variables and stigma towards medicinal cannabis users.
RESULTS: More positive attitudes towards the medical use of cannabis were associated with lower stigma towards medicinal cannabis users, which, in turn, was associated with a higher intention of recommending medicinal cannabis for patients with qualifying conditions. The relationship between attitudes towards the medical use of cannabis and the intention to recommend medicinal cannabis varies according to subjective norms.
CONCLUSIONS: Among nurses and physicians, stigma towards medicinal cannabis users mediated the relationship between attitudes towards the medical use of cannabis and the intention to recommend medicinal cannabis for patients with qualifying conditions, whereas subjective norms moderated this relationship. Effective treatment with medicinal cannabis might be compromised by health-care providers’ negative attitudes, stigma and subjective norms.

PMID: 32237017 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]


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