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General dental practitioner views on providing alcohol related health advice; an exploratory study.
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PMID:  20379225     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To identify salient beliefs of general dental practitioners (GDPs) regarding their role in the identification of alcohol misuse and the provision of an alcohol related health message in the primary dental care setting. METHOD: A convenience sample of 12 GDPs practising in the North Highland region of Scotland underwent semi-structured interview. An inductive approach was used with subsequent basic thematic content analysis performed on the transcripts. RESULTS: GDPs universally agreed that alcohol consumption plays a role in both oral health and general health but this did not translate into effective communication about alcohol during dental consultation. Current knowledge of recommended safe alcohol consumption guidelines was poor - evidence of potential GDP training requirements. The primary barriers related to disruption of the clinician-patient relationship, embarrassment or the perceived irrelevance to the clinical situation. GDPs expressed low confidence in approaching alcohol related problems. CONCLUSIONS: GDPs felt that alcohol based discussions in primary care would not be relevant and would inevitably lead to disruption of the patient-clinician relationship. Further research is necessary to more fully understand the attitudes, behaviour and knowledge of GDPs regarding the provision of alcohol related health advice. The results of this study have informed the design of a paper postal survey for wider distribution.
S Shepherd; L Young; J E Clarkson; D Bonetti; G R Ogden
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British dental journal     Volume:  208     ISSN:  1476-5373     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Dent J     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-09     Completed Date:  2010-07-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513219     Medline TA:  Br Dent J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E13; discussion 304-5     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Oral Surgery, Unit of Oral Surgery & Medicine, University of Dundee Dental Hospital & School, Park Place, Dundee, Scotland, DD1 4HN.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking* / adverse effects
Alcohol-Related Disorders / prevention & control
Alcoholic Intoxication / prevention & control
Alcoholism / prevention & control
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Attitude to Health
Dentist-Patient Relations
Education, Dental
General Practice, Dental* / education
Health Behavior
Health Status
Oral Health
Patient Education as Topic

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