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Virtual community of researchers and prevention experts: approximating drug research and practice fields.

Van Hout, MC, Henriques, S and Teixiera, A Virtual community of researchers and prevention experts: approximating drug research and practice fields. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education. ISSN 0090-1482 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This paper presents the key findings of a virtual community of addiction experts set up to share evidence-based programmes of prevention on novel psychoactive substance (NPS) use in Portugal. Using a theoretical framework forming communities of practice and learning in virtual environments, this paper traces how members interact in order to improve their intervention domains and consider the political and practical implications. And a mixed-methods approach which combined quantitative analysis of interactions and qualitative content analysis of debates about NPS, users, patterns of use and best practices in prevention. Results show low and irregular interactions between members, but very rich discussions sharing experiences and problematizing practices. Such collaborative work practices are not yet integrated within the drug prevention field where instead individualistic approaches tend to prevail and preclude the sharing of alternative solutions that shape different experiences.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0440 Study and Teaching. Research
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: American Alcohol & Drug Information Foundation
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 09:58
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 10:00
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12017

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