Substance Use & Misuse, Volume 44, Issue 6 May 2009 , pages 775 - 793
Brief Intervention (BI) for hazardous drinkers at a Primary Health Care (PHC) level can be implemented during the interaction between a GP and his/her client in a range of contexts and opportunities, the GP's office being a primary context. Communication skills are needed for professionals in order to deliver the BI and they should be familiar with motivational interviewing.
This pilot study, carried out during 2006-2007, observed how GPs are able to effectively communicate with their hazardous drinking clients when implementing BI
On the whole, GPs scored high regarding their effective communication skills as well as in terms of the quality of BI implemented during the interviews at their offices. The study's limitations are noted and research needed in the future is suggested
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