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Alcohol prevention in Swedish occupational health care
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Social Medicine and Public Health Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
National Board Health and Welfare, Stockholm, Sweden.
Karolinska University Hospital.
2011 (English)In: Occupational Medicine, ISSN 0962-7480, E-ISSN 1471-8405, Vol. 61, no 7, 472-U19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background Occupational health care (OHC) was part of the Swedish Risk Drinking Project, a government-supported continuing professional education (CPE) endeavour for health professionals, 2004-10. Aims To investigate OHC professionals perceived knowledge concerning patient counselling on alcohol, perceived efficiency in achieving patient changes, use of questionnaires and biomarkers, amount and content of their alcohol-related CPE, their reasons for participating in this CPE and improvements experienced in addressing alcohol issues in the last 3 years. Methods Baseline 2005 and follow-up 2008 data were collected by means of anonymous questionnaires to all physicians and nurses in OHC. Results Response rates ranged from 53 to 80%. The share of nurses and physicians who had taken part in greater than= 3 days training on risk drinking issues rose from 10 to 59% and from 7 to 59%, respectively. The OHC professionals perceived knowledge and efficiency concerning lifestyle counselling improved from 2005 to 2008, considerably more so for alcohol than the other lifestyle issues. The most competent nurses and physicians were more likely to have participated in training lasting greater than= 3 days. The most competent nurses and physicians had become better at initiating conversations about alcohol and at informing, providing advice and discussing alcohol with their clients. Conclusions There were major improvements in the OHC professionals perceived knowledge concerning alcohol counselling and efficiency in influencing patients alcohol habits after participation in a comprehensive CPE project. Overall, the nurses achieved more improvements than the physicians.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy B / Oxford University Press (OUP) , 2011. Vol. 61, no 7, 472-U19 p.
Keyword [en]
Alcohol prevention; brief intervention; continuing professional education; occupational health care; screening
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-73592DOI: 10.1093/occmed/kqr070ISI: 000295684100006OAI: diva2:474770
Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2012-06-05Bibliographically approved

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