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

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2002 Mar 1;66(1):39-43. doi: 10.1016/s0376-8716(01)00179-x.

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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Female
  • Finland / epidemiology
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Health Personnel / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurse's Role / psychology
  • Patients / psychology*
  • Patients / statistics & numerical data
  • Physician's Role / psychology
  • Primary Health Care* / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires