Encouraging GP alcohol intervention: Pilot study of change-orientated reflective listening (CORL)

TitleEncouraging GP alcohol intervention: Pilot study of change-orientated reflective listening (CORL)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsMcCambridge, J, Platts, S, Whooley, D, Strang, J
JournalAlcohol and Alcoholism
Date PublishedMar-Apr
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0735-0414 (Print)0735-0414 (Linking)
Accession Number14998833
Keywords*Motivation, Adult, Alcohol Drinking/prevention & control/*therapy, Alcoholism/prevention & control/*therapy, Family Practice/methods/*statistics & numerical data, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Interviews as Topic/methods, Male, Middle Aged, Physicians, Family/psychology/*statistics & numerical data, Pilot Projects

AIMS: To test the feasibility of delivery and potential value of a brief motivational enhancement intervention targeting GPs in relation to alcohol as a public health issue, and to compare data obtained with similar attempts to influence GP intervention with drug users. METHOD: 21 GPs who were not involved in the treatment of drug dependence received a telephone-administered 'change-orientated reflective listening' (CORL) intervention, based on Motivational Interviewing, with an informational adjunct. Assessments were made at baseline and at 2-3 months of activity and willingness to deliver specified alcohol-related interventions, plus overall therapeutic commitment and motivation. Qualitative data was obtained. RESULTS: There was no change over time in the sample as a whole, with very modest evidence of benefit among individual practitioners. Comparisons with cannabis and drug misuse intervention targets suggest that it may be more difficult to alter views on intervening with drinkers. CONCLUSIONS: Further attempts are needed to influence practitioner motivation, based on improved understanding of GP views on the delivery of alcohol interventions.

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