Attitudes and management of alcohol problems in general practice: Descriptive analysis based on findings of a world health organization international collaborative survey

Anderson, Peter, Kaner, Eileen, Wutzke, Sonia, Wensing, Michel, Grol, Richard, Heather, Nick and Saunders, John (2003) Attitudes and management of alcohol problems in general practice: Descriptive analysis based on findings of a world health organization international collaborative survey. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 38 (6). pp. 597-601. ISSN 0735-0414

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agg119

Abstract

Aims: To determine if general practitioners' (GPs) experience of education on alcohol, support in their working environment for intervening with alcohol problems, and their attitudes have an impact on the number of patients they manage with alcohol problems. Methods: 1300 GPs from nine countries were surveyed with a postal questionnaire as part of a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborative study. Results: GPs who received more education on alcohol (OR = 1.5; 95% CI, 1.3-1.7), who perceived that they were working in a supportive environment (OR = 1.6; 95% CI, 1.4-1.9), who expressed higher role security in working with alcohol problems (OR = 2.0; 95% CI, 1.5-2.5) and who reported greater therapeutic commitment to working with alcohol problems (OR = 1.4; 95% CI, 1.1- 1.7) were more likely to manage patients with alcohol-related harm. Conclusion: Both education and support in the working environment need to be provided to enhance the involvement of GPs in the management of alcohol problems.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2015 11:28
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:36
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/19586

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