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Addiction and Substance Abuse

Abstract: Over the past two decades, awareness of the importance of gender differences in addiction has increased tremendously. Research demonstrates that differences between women and men with regard to biologic and psychosocial factors influence the epidemiology, etiology, risk and protective factors, clinical presentation, psychiatric comorbidity, course of illness, and treatment outcome of substance use disorders and addictions. For many women, obstetrician-gynecologists are their principal health care providers. Thus, obstetrician-gynecologists are in a prime position to screen, assess, and intervene at varying phases of the addiction process to help improve the physical and mental health of their patients.

 




Editor
Russell R. Snyder, MD

Associate Editor
Gretchen M. Lentz, MD

Past Editor
Raul Artal, MD

ISSN 1536-3619
Published 6 times per year