A special report on a recent workshop hosted by the Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at Middlesex University in collaboration with CPI and Improving Health & Wellbeing UK
A survey of GPs’ knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding the prevention and management of alcohol-related problems
Alcohol related problems are one of the leading causes of morbidity and premature death. Primary care is ideal for early detection and secondary prevention of alcohol-related problems and brief interventions have been shown to reduce excessive consumption in primary care patients. However, General Practitioners (GPs) exhibit low levels of formal identification, treatment and referral of patients with alcohol related problems.
A Randomised Controlled Trial of Brief Intervention Strategies in Patients with Alcohol Related Facial Injury
Despite the fact that most alcohol related facial injuries are successfully managed surgically, the underlying cause, which is often alcohol misuse, is not adequately addressed. A recent study has demonstrated that a nurse delivered brief intervention in a maxillofacial unit is more effective than no intervention in encouraging patients with facial injuries to reduce their alcohol consumption.
In this study we set out to examine the effects and cost effectiveness of referral to an alcohol health worker by randomising patients who consented to take part in the study to either an appointment with an alcohol health worker or an information leaflet on alcohol and health.
Through a series of one to one interviews with GPs, researchers aimed to identify and describe the clinical and social factors that regulate the discussion of alcohol-related problems, and how such factors promote or inhibit effective engagement with certain types of patients.