a) Search strategy and selection criteria A multistage search to identify relevant literature on the link between substance abuse and mental illness published from 2010 to 2020 will be conducted. The search strategy encompasses a search on online databases (PubMed, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Cochrane Library) and the grey literature (Google scholar), and the screening of references lists of the identified studies. The inclusion criteria for the selected studies are; Must explore the relationship between substance abuse and mental illness Must be a peer-reviewed article written in English and published between 2010 and 2020 Must be deemed germane by the author of this study Must be published by renowned learning institutions or in academic journals. b) Data analysis Narrative conclusions that relate to the connection between substance abuse and mental illness will be extracted from each of the selected articles. Any relevant 4
Substance abuse and mental illness 5 quantitative data found in the selected articles will be presented using descriptions. Collected data from the selected articles will be grouped into three groups; Substances that cause particular mental illnesses, mental illnesses that lead to the use of substances, and the exact way of how epigenetic influences, genetic make-up, and traumatic childhood simultaneously leads to both mental illnesses and substance abuse. c) Risks and mitigation During the search, there is a significant risk of encountering medical reports or articles that excluded their peer review process, are not written in English, and lack a proper scientific format. It is also possible to select articles that are duplicates. These risks will be mitigated using the following steps; Review of abstracts of each article to identify duplicates and eliminate them. Exclusion of any article that lacks a scientific format and is not peer-reviewed. d) Ethical issues Drug abuse and mental illness have a negative impact on the state of living. As a result, there is a desire to manipulate data and present a strong connection between the two health problems. However, the study will only present the exact data collected from the selected peer-reviewed articles and the analysis will solely be based on that data.
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- Summer '18
- Brett Gordon
- Psychiatry, Antisocial personality disorder