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Alcohol education for general practitioners in the United Kingdom - A window of opportunity?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Brian McAvoy


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Alcohol misuse is a major public health problem. In the UK, general practitioners are perceived as key players in prevention and management of alcohol problems, but may not be prepared sufficiently to undertake this work. A systematic review of the literature by computerized search of the Medline database, hand search of review article citations and a survey of relevant educational and training organizations and agencies were undertaken. Although there is no shortage of educational materials, there has been little evaluation of their effectiveness. A need for more training and support has been identified, but this requires better coordination and a more multidisciplinary approach. Forthcoming changes in the National Health Service and the organization of continuing professional development offer a unique opportunity to advance this agenda.

Publication metadata

Author(s): McAvoy BR

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Alcohol and Alcoholism

Year: 2000

Volume: 35

Issue: 3

Pages: 225-229

Print publication date: 01/05/2000

ISSN (print): 0735-0414

ISSN (electronic):


DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/35.3.225

PubMed id: 10869239