A study of substance abuse treatment organizations’ use of physicians found that funding barriers were associated with organizations’ lack of physician employment.
The authors used data from 249 publicly funded substance abuse treatment organizations to examine organizational and environmental factors associated with the organizations’ employment of physicians. They examined staffing, structural characteristics and the environment in which the organizations functioned.
Increasing physician employment in substance abuse treatment will require attention to the organizational and environmental factors of substance abuse treatment facilities. The authors suggest that researching physicians’ own perspectives and work activities in substance abuse treatment would be valuable.