GENDER-ARP

Addiction, Health Risks and Recovery in Context of Social Precarity:  How to Better Address Complex Needs Taking into Account Gender and Life Stages

Topics: Sex, Gender and Aging ; Sex, Gender and Health

Numerous studies show the need to design interventions for psychoactive substances (PS) users not only from a biomedical angle, but also to address the different types of vulnerabilities these people face. The general aim of this transnational Canadian, French, and Belgian study is to better understand how gender and life stages influence addiction, health risks, and recovery trajectories in order to guide the development of integrated services that address complex social and health care needs. The three specific objectives of the project take into account gender and life stages issues in order to: 1) identify specific vulnerabilities and capacities in people with substance-use disorder (SUD) who experience social precarity over a lifelong trajectory of PS use and related risk behaviors; 2) understand long-term service and recovery trajectories related to PS use and health risks within this population; and 3) guide the development of long-term, integrated services that better address the complex social and health needs of this population. We propose to combine the following methods: semi-structured interviews on PS use, health-risk, and recovery trajectories; a systematic literature review of best practices for gender-responsive, long-term, integrated addiction and harm reduction services; and consensus development conferences with expert panels. Taking gender and life stages into account from local and international perspectives, this transnational study will develop contextualized knowledge that can enhance the integration of gender-responsive services adapted to the complex care and social needs of specific vulnerable populations.

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Countries 

Canada, France, Belgium

Institutions involved

Université de Sherbrooke (Canada), National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) (France), Université de Liège (Belgium)

Project partners

  • Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec (ASTT(e)Q), Cactus Montréal (Canada)
  • Arc-en-Ciel Wallonie (Belgium)
  • Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-SIDA) (Canada)
  • Department of Special Needs Education, Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Direction de santé publique de la Montérégie (Canada)
  • Fédération Addiction (France)
  • Fédération wallonne des institutions pour toxicomanes (Fédito wallone) (Belgium)
  • National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED) (France)
  • Addiction Research Institute (IUD) (Canada)
  • Research Chair on Homophobia, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) (Canada)
  • RÉZO, santé et mieux être des hommes gais et bisexuels, cis et trans (Canada)

Other collaborators

  • Auto-Support des Usagers de Drogues (ASUD) (France)
  • Centre de recherche Charles-Le Moyne – Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean sur les innovations en santé (CR-CSIS) (Canada)
  • D3S Program (Sciences sociales, Drogues et Sociétés), École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) (France)
  • Recherche et intervention sur les substances psychoactives – Québec (RISQ) (Canada)

Project coordinator

Karine Bertrand, Ph.D., Full Professor, Addiction Studies and Research Programs, Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke – Longueuil Campus

Website

https://tinyurl.com/gender-arp