55 Primary Health Care Personnel's Activity On Alcohol-Related Matters: A Patient Survey

Author(s): 
AALTO Mauri, Tampere University Hospital, Finland maalto@tays.fi.
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Aim: Brief intervention is proven to be effective in reducing excessive drinking. This study examined the activity to ask about and intervene in patients, alcohol drinking and patients, attitudes towards this activity in two primary health care centres in Finland.
Design: One thousand consecutive patients were asked to fill in a questionnaire after attending general practice. The response rate was 67% (665/1000).
Results: At the consultation in question 6.3% of all patients were asked about alcohol drinking; men more often than women (1 0.2% vs.3.7%; pConclusions:
It seems that patients, attitudes are not an obstacle to asking about or intervening in their alcohol drinking. However, alcohol drinking is rarely brought up in discussion by primary health care personnel. Thus, widespread implementation of early identification and brief intervention of alcohol problems is still a tremendous challenge.
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55 PRIMARY HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL'S ACTIVITY ON ALCOHOL-RELATED MATTERS: A PATIENT SURVEY