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ENGAGING PATIENTS WITH ALCOHOL-PROBLEMS IN TREATMENT - THE 1ST CONSULTATION

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B THOM, C BROWN, C DRUMMOND, G EDWARDS, M MULLAN, C TAYLOR

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-611
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Addiction
Volume87
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1992

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Abstract

This paper considers the impact of the first consultation at a specialist alcohol clinic on patients' perceptions of their drink problem and on their expectations of help from three sources: an alcohol clinic, general practitioners and Alcoholics Anonymous. At intake, males had higher expectations than females of help from the alcohol clinic while people in manual occupations and those in the 'less heavy' drinking category had higher expectations of general practitioner help than other patients. Change was found to occur during the first clinic consultation so that by the end of the session patients had raised their rating of problem severity and their expectations of help from the three sources examined. Overall, patient perceptions of the clinic assessment session were positive. The study highlights the importance of obtaining a full understanding of the process of engagement in treatment and indicates the potential of a clinical assessment to effect change in patient attitudes.

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