Healthcare professionals’ attitudes across different hospital departments regarding alcohol-related presentations

N Iqbal, O McCambridge, L Edgar, C Young, Gillian W Shorter

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    Introduction and Aims. Attitudes to individuals presenting with alcohol-related issues are important in developing therapeutic relationships and applying alcohol-related interventions.This study explores staff attitudes to these individuals across a range of roles and departments. Design and Methods. Data were gathered from 204 staff in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. Regression models were used to predict attitudes as measured by the Short Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Perception Questionnaire (SAAPPQ). Results. Two hundred and four people participated in the study. The sample comprised doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and other staff who had face-to-face contact with patients. Staff worked in accident and emergency (A&E), medical, surgical, addiction or psychiatry departments. Staff working in addiction and psychiatry departments had significantly higher levels of role adequacy compared with those in A&E. Staff in addictions also demonstrated higher levels of role legitimacy, motivation and role satisfaction than those in A&E. Doctors had higher role adequacy and role legitimacy than nursing staff. Discussion and Conclusions. There are critical differences in staff attitudes to patients presenting with alcohol-related issues in a range of hospital settings; training and working in a specialist setting have a significant positive influence on staff attitudes.This suggests that further training and support would positively enhance the attitudes of staff in a variety of professional roles and across a range of hospital settings in the management of patients presenting with alcohol-related difficulties. [Iqbal N, McCambridge O, Edgar L,Young C, Shorter GW. Health-care professionals’ attitudes across different hospital departments regarding alcohol-related presentations. Drug Alcohol Rev 2015;34:487–94
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)487-494
    JournalDrug and Alcohol Review
    Volume34
    Issue number5
    Early online date7 Sep 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Sep 2015

    Keywords

    • Alcohol Drinking
    • Alcoholism
    • Attitude of Health Professionals
    • Medical Staff
    • Nursing Staff
    • NHS
    • Short Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Perception Questionnaire (SAAPPQ)

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