Lookup NU author(s): Professor Brian McAvoy,
Professor Eileen Kaner
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This study reports a qualitative investigation of the views of key informants (KIs) and general practitioners (GPs) on the nature and extent of preventive medicine and early alcohol intervention in general practice and the current barriers and potential facilitating factors that influence practice. Sixty-seven KIs and 126 GPs were interviewed in 12 countries. There was strong personal and professional support for GP-delivered preventive medicine in general and early intervention for alcohol problems in particular. Opinions differed on whether national health policies encouraged or discouraged GPs to do more preventive medicine. The two key areas identified for prevention were smoking and alcohol, although all but two countries thought that alcohol was the most difficult area for GPs to discuss with patients. KIs and GPs identified similar barriers and facilitating factors. The main barriers were time constraints, lack of financial reimbursement or incentives and insufficient training and education. The main facilitating factors were more societal concern about alcohol, proactive patients, more time, financial reimbursement and supportive government policy.
Author(s): Kaner EF; McAvoy BR; Barfod S; Gache P; Donovan RJ; Jalleh G; Saunders JB; Wutzke SE; Lee N; Heather N; McCormick R
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
ISSN (print): 0968-7637
ISSN (electronic): 1465-3370
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
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