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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 5, Issue:8, August, 2016

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2016.5(8): 593-602

The Role of Health Workers in Preventing Methamphetamine Addiction in Rural Thailand
Civilaiz Wanaratwichit1* and Suthichai Sirinual2
1The Faculty of Public Health, Naresuan University, Bangkok Thailand
2Sukhothai Provincial Public Health Office, Thailand
*Corresponding author

The purposes of this study were to investigate the role of health workers in the Health Promoting Hospitals and the problems that they face in their role in the prevention of methamphetamine use in rural Thailand. A case study approach was used to investigate, analyze and synthesize the role of health workers. Eighteen participants from the health sector and seven participants from other sectors in Sawankhalok District, Thailand were included in the sample case studies. Data were collected through in-depth interviews and documentary analysis. Thematic analysis was applied when analyzing the data. The role of health workers in the prevention of methamphetamine addiction in rural Thailand including 1) Finding new cases of methamphetamine addiction, 2) counseling the identified cases and their parents 3) training the identified cases 4) monitoring the behavior of the trained cases in the community and 5) enhancing awareness of the problem of drug addiction in the children. The main problem facing the health workers was the fear of conflict with the cases’ families while performing their monitoring activities. The findings involve mainly on community participation, proactive approach, and psychological aspect for the prevention of addiction. Therefore, it is essential that they be offered advanced training in the skills.

Keywords: Methamphetamine, Health worker, Prevention,Health Promoting Hospitals.

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Civilaiz Wanaratwichit and Suthichai Sirinual 2016. The Role of Health Workers in Preventing Methamphetamine Addiction in Rural ThailandInt.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 5(8): 593-602. doi:
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