Project

Harm reduction intervention for severe drug and/or alcohol dependence among people who are homeless

Funded by National Institute for Health Research.

Collaboration with NHS Lothian, Scottish Drugs Forum, Streetwork, The Salvation Army, University of Aberdeen and University of Victoria.

For people experiencing homelessness and problem substance use, access to appropriate services can be challenging. There is evidence that the development of trusting relationships with non-judgemental staff can facilitate service engagement. Peer-delivered approaches show particular promise, but the evidence base is still developing. The study aimed to assess the feasibility and acceptability of designing and implementing a peer-delivered, relational intervention to reduce harms and improve health/wellbeing, quality of life and social functioning, for people experiencing homelessness and problem substance use, using mixed methods.

Total award value £375,630.00

People

Professor Tessa Parkes
Professor Tessa Parkes

Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr Hannah Carver
Dr Hannah Carver

Lecturer in Substance Use, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

Professor Isobel Anderson
Professor Isobel Anderson

Professor, Housing Studies

Dr Maria Fotopoulou
Dr Maria Fotopoulou

Lecturer in Criminology, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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