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. Nov-Dec 2004;39(6):532-5.
doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agh090. Epub 2004 Sep 6.

Usefulness, Length and Content of Alcohol-Related Discussions in Primary Health Care: The Exit Poll Survey

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Usefulness, Length and Content of Alcohol-Related Discussions in Primary Health Care: The Exit Poll Survey

Mauri Aalto et al. Alcohol Alcohol. .

Abstract

Aims: To evaluate patients' opinions of the usefulness of alcohol-related discussions with general practitioners (GPs), the time used for the discussion and its main content.

Methods: Exit poll survey to 2000 consecutive patients right after GP consultations.

Results: The response rate was 60.2% (1203/2000). Of the patients 11.6% (139/1203) reported that they were asked and/or advised about alcohol during the consultation. The time used for discussion about alcohol was mostly <4 min; longer for heavy than for non-heavy drinkers. Main topics of the discussion dealt with quantities consumed and harm caused by alcohol. The majority of the patients (81%) reported that discussions concerning alcohol were useful. In that respect heavy drinkers did not differ from non-heavy drinkers.

Conclusions: Discussions about alcohol in primary health care were rare and short, but patients' opinions about their usefulness were mainly positive.

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