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Attitudes towards alcohol of emergency department doctors trained in the detection of alcohol misuse

Huntley, JS, Patton, R and Touquet, R (2004) Attitudes towards alcohol of emergency department doctors trained in the detection of alcohol misuse Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 86 (5). pp. 329-333.

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Abstract

Introduction: Alcohol misuse creates an immense burden for society, with problem drinkers too often constituting a neglected group. The Paddington Alcohol Test (PAT) is a useful screening tool in emergency departments. Methods: Using a questionnaire, we assessed the attitudes of 127 emergency department junior doctors over 5 years to misuse detection using the PAT, in a centre with a well-defined protocol for detection and referral. Results: The majority (99%) thought early detection important, and the emergency department an appropriate place for screening (98%). Most thought that treatment could be successful (98%), and the PAT a useful instrument for early detection (87%). However, 63% reported that they misuse alcohol at least once a month and 30% once or more a week. Discussion and Conclusions: Junior doctors trained in the detection of alcohol misuse have a very positive view of this work. However, this professional insight is in marked contrast to their personal misuse of alcohol. This paradox reflects the entrenched culture of alcohol use in the medical profession, perhaps learnt at medical school.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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AuthorsEmailORCID
Huntley, JSUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Patton, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Touquet, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : September 2004
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1308/147870804777
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 14:39
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 14:39
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/227162

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