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Table 2 Knowledge and Beliefs about Cannabis Use and its Treatment

From: Screening and managing cannabis use: comparing GP’s and nurses’ knowledge, beliefs, and behavior

Item Disagree completely Somewhat disagree Neutral Somewhat agree Agree completely t df
  n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%)   
Knowledge        
Cannabis users are more likely to have a mental health problem than those who do not use cannabis   
GPs (N = 502) 4 (<1%) 11 (2%) 19 (4%) 159 (32%) 309 (62%)   
Nurses (N = 160) 4 (3%) 6 (4%) 20 (13%) 64 (40%) 66 (41%) 4.54** 224.80
Effective psychological treatments exist for helping people to reduce their cannabis use   
GPs (N = 501) 9 (2%) 31 (6%) 118 (23%) 196 (39%) 147 (29%)   
Nurses (N = 159) 7 (4%) 14 (9%) 42 (26%) 73 (46%) 23 (14%) 3.49** 658
Effective pharmacological treatments exist for assisting with cannabis withdrawal   
GPs (N = 499) 43 (9%) 93 (19%) 195 (39%) 116 (23%) 52 (10%)   
Nurses (N = 159) 11 (7%) 20 (13%) 75 (47%) 41 (26%) 12 (8%) -0.65 656
Withdrawal can be a barrier to quitting cannabis   
GPs (N = 500) 10 (2%) 23 (5%) 67 (13%) 220 (44%) 180 (36%)   
Nurses (N = 158) 2 (<1%) 3 (2%) 32 (20%) 71 (45%) 50 (32%) 0.44 656
Role Legitimacy        
Conducting a 10 minute brief assessment of someone’s cannabis use can lead to reductions in their use   
GPs (N = 501) 22 (4%) 24 (5%) 105 (21%) 210 (42%) 140 (28%)   
Nurses (N = 159) 31 (20%) 26 (!6%) 37 (23%) 47 (30%) 18 (11%) 7.72** 223.44
People in my position are effective in treating patients with cannabis use problems   
GPs (N = 499) 22 (4%) 60 (12%) 103 (21%) 218 (44%) 96 (19%)   
Nurses (N = 160) 23 (14%) 36 (23%) 52 (33%) 38 (24%) 11 (7%) 7.64** 657
People in my position should receive education about cannabis   
GPs (N = 501) 1 (<1%) 1 (<1%) 14 (3%) 116 (23%) 369 (74%)   
Nurses (N = 160) 0 (0%) 1 (<1%) 6 (4%) 43 (27%) 110 (69%) 1.20 659
  1. Note. *p < 0.01, **p ≤ 0.001.