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Managing Alcohol Problems in General Practice in Europe: Results from the European ODHIN Survey of General Practitioners

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Anderson, Professor Eileen KanerORCiD, Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch


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Aims: To document the attitudes of general practitioners (GPs) from eight European countries to alcohol and alcohol problems and how these attitudes are associated with self-reported activity in managing patients with alcohol and alcohol problems. Methods: A total of 2345 GPs were surveyed. The questionnaire included questions on the GP's demographics, reported education and training on alcohol, attitudes towards managing alcohol problems and self-reported estimates of numbers of patients managed for alcohol and alcohol problems during the previous year. Results: The estimated mean number of patients managed for alcohol and alcohol problems during the previous year ranged from 5 to 21 across the eight countries. GPs who reported higher levels of education for alcohol problems and GPs who felt more secure in managing patients with such problems reported managing a higher number of patients. GPs who reported that doctors tended to have a disease model of alcohol problems and those who felt that drinking was a personal rather than a medical responsibility reported managing a lower number of patients. Conclusion: The extent of alcohol education and GPs' attitudes towards alcohol were associated with the reported number of patients managed. Thus, it is worth exploring the extent to which improved education, using pharmacotherapy in primary health care and a shift to personalized health care in which individual patients are facilitated to undertake their own assessment and management (individual responsibility) might increase the number of heavy drinkers who receive feedback on their drinking and support to reduce their drinking.

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Author(s): Anderson P, Wojnar M, Jakubczyk A, Gual A, Segura L, Sovinova H, Csemy L, Kaner E, Newbury-Birch D, Fornasin A, Struzzo P, Ronda G, van Steenkiste B, Keurhorst M, Laurant M, Ribeiro C, do Rosario F, Alves I, Scafato E, Gandin C, Kolsek M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Alcohol and Alcoholism

Year: 2014

Volume: 49

Issue: 5

Pages: 531-539

Print publication date: 01/09/2014

Online publication date: 16/07/2014

Acceptance date: 19/06/2014

ISSN (print): 0735-0414

ISSN (electronic): 1464-3502



DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agu043

PubMed id: 25031247


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