New tools from UBC Nursing aim to improve care for people experiencing substance use stigma

The EQUIP Equity Action Kit offers organizational tools, videos and self-directed e-learning modules.

“Equity-oriented care gives you a way of thinking about the centre and guiding your care,” says Dr. Colleen Varcoe from UBC’s School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science.”


A version of this article originally appeared on UBC News.

Stigma and discrimination associated with substance use, known as substance use stigma, contribute directly to significant harms and barriers to care. Due to widespread negative attitudes towards substance use issues, people are often treated in disrespectful or discriminatory ways in health care settings.

Now a team of researchers at UBC Faculty of Applied Science and Western University are offering a suite of tools and strategies to ensure that people who experience substance use stigma can receive better care in the future.

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