Integrating and Measuring the Effect of Sex, Gender and Gender-Transformative Approaches to Substance Use

In the midst of a serious opioid crisis, emerging cannabis legalization, ongoing binge-drinking patterns, and the introduction of e-cigarettes, there is an immediate need to understand sex- and gender-related implications of these trends, and how to respond to them in practice.

This project will develop and test the impact of incorporating sex, gender and gender-transformative principles into existing responses to substance use in three jurisdictions in Canada.

We will co-develop interventions that incorporate sex, gender and gender-transformative principles into programs, messages, staff education and materials, and measure the implementation of these approaches and their effectiveness in shifting knowledge, attitudes and practice among service providers, managers and program planners. These efforts will rely on a systematic review, knowledge translation approaches in training, education, program design and prevention messaging, in conjunction with practice wisdom from three organizations.

This study is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Team Grant: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis on Knowledge Translation.

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