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dc.contributor.authorGill, Jan
dc.contributor.authorMaclean, Fiona
dc.contributor.authorRenton, Linda
dc.contributor.authorO'May, Fiona
dc.identifier.citationGill, J., Maclean, F., Renton, L. & O''May, F. (2011) Occupational Therapy graduates of 2009; knowledge and attitudes relating to their role in the area of alcohol misuse., British Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol. 74, , ,
dc.description.abstractPurpose: 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 colleague.
dc.publisherCollege of Occupational Therapists
dc.relation.ispartofBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
dc.titleOccupational Therapy graduates of 2009; knowledge and attitudes relating to their role in the area of alcohol misuse.
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qmu.authorO'May, Fiona
qmu.authorGill, Jan
qmu.authorMaclean, Fiona
qmu.authorRenton, Linda

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