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Drug Alcohol Depend. 2002 Mar 1;66(1):39-43.

Primary health care professionals' activity in intervening in patients' alcohol drinking: a patient perspective.

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Department of Psychiatry, Tampere University Hospital, P.O. Box 2000, FIN-33521, Tampere, Finland. maalto@tays.fi

Abstract

AIM:

To test the hypothesis that primary health care professionals' activity in intervening in patients' alcohol drinking is low.

METHOD:

A patient questionnaire survey after consultation blind to the primary health care professionals. Subjects were 1000 16-65 -year-old consecutive patients consulting a general practitioner. The response rate was 66.5%.

RESULTS:

Of all participants 6.3% and of excessive drinkers 11.9% were asked about alcohol drinking at the consultation in question. Of all 64.7% and of excessive drinkers 52.4% had never been asked about drinking. Of all 6.0% and of excessive drinkers 19.0% were advised about alcohol drinking at the consultation in question.

CONCLUSION:

Alcohol drinking is rarely brought up in discussion by primary health care professionals, even in the case of excessive drinkers.

PMID:
11850134
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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