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THE USE OF SERVICES FOR ALCOHOL-PROBLEMS - GENERAL-PRACTITIONER AND SPECIALIST ALCOHOL CLINIC

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

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-624
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Addiction
Volume87
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1992

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Abstract

A sample of 40 patients referred to a specialist alcohol clinic were given a full assessment by a clinician and then randomly allocated to one of two groups. The first group received continuing care from the clinic. The second group were returned to the management of their general practitioners who were offered specialist support in caring for their patients. Patients and general practitioners were followed-up 6 months after the clinic assessment. This paper reports on the uptake of clinic and general practice services by patients and examines the possible factors associated with continuing attendance, including patient attributes, service activity, patients' self-assessments of their drink problem and their expectations of help from services. Qualitative data is used to examine patients' perceptions and experiences of clinic and general practice-based care for drinking problems. The findings highlight some of the difficulties reported by patients in receiving help for their problems particularly from general practitioners.

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