Occupational Therapy graduates of 2009; knowledge and attitudes relating to their role in the area of alcohol misuse.



Gill, Jan and MacLean, Fiona and Renton, Linda and O'May, Fiona (2011) Occupational Therapy graduates of 2009; knowledge and attitudes relating to their role in the area of alcohol misuse. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74 (4). ISSN 0308-0226

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Abstract

Purpose: Within Scotland, health policy changes are being considered to address the misuse of alcohol. Concurrently, a shifting of professional roles within the National Health Service is under way. The purpose of the study was to investigate personal knowledge and attitudes relating to alcohol use/misuse amongst all final year Scottish occupational therapy students. Procedure: A self-completed questionnaire was developed for delivery in spring 2009 within scheduled lectures to students (n = 161) at all three Scottish universities providing occupational therapy education. Findings: Of those in class, 93% (n = 109) provided completed questionnaires. There was evidence of gaps in knowledge around the understanding and application of United Kingdom responsible drinking guidelines; however, students reported confidence in their professional and personal ability to act effectively in this area of clinical practice. There was a distinct lack of congruence with key proposals put forward by the Scottish Government to address alcohol misuse. Conclusion: Identified knowledge gaps have implications for the alcohol teaching content of the curriculum in Scotland. Additionally, while investigation of student attitudes revealed a self-belief in personal and professional skills, the findings nevertheless stress a need to ensure that the potential value of occupational therapists’ contribution is more effectively communicated to their health professional colleag

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Students, alcohol, professional role, knowledge, attitudes.
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2010 08:19
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:57
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1661

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