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2009 37: 1561Journal of International Medical Research
J Kersnik, T Poplas Susic, M Kolsek and I Svab
Intervention for Excess Alcohol Consumption in Slovenia? A Focus Group Study
What May Stimulate General Practitioners to Undertake Screening and Brief
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The Journal of International Medical Research
2009; 37: 1561 – 1569 [first published online as 37(5) 13]
What May Stimulate General
Practitioners to Undertake Screening and
Brief Intervention for Excess Alcohol
Consumption in Slovenia? A Focus Group
J KERSNIK1,2, T POPLAS SUSIˇ C2,3, M KOLŠEK2AND I ŠVAB2
1Department of Family Medicine, Medical Faculty, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia;
2Department of Family Medicine, Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana,
Slovenia;3Ljubljana Health Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Screening and brief intervention (SBI)
presents an effective early response by
healthcare professionals to their patients’
alcohol-related problems. This qualitative
discussions with general practitioners
(GPs) to identify incentives that may
increase the use of SBI in Slovene general
practice. Seven categories of actions that
institution, financial support, adequate
knowledge and skills, community support,
workload (i.e. relief from the burden of
current obligations in order to allow more
time for prevention), and record keeping
(suitable medical documentation). Several
of these actions can be changed by the GPs
require more extensive community action
on the part of society as a whole, e.g.
government intervention. The results of
this study will guide future changes in the
way that prevention strategies for excess
alcohol consumption will be implemented
KEY WORDS: ALCOHOL ABUSE; ALCOHOL; SCREENING; INCENTIVES; INTERVENTION; QUALITATIVE
RESEARCH; GENERAL PRACTITIONER; FOCUS GROUP
Slovenia is a wine growing country that
Organization (WHO)-identified European
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The country has a high degree of morbidity
and mortality as a result of the direct impact
of alcohol consumption.4,5
In an earlier study, community actions
that could decrease the burden of excessive
identified.6With these results in mind,
actions have been taken to diminish the
impact of barriers to screening and brief
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Author’s address for correspondence
Dr Janko Kersnik
Department of Family Medicine, Medical Faculty Maribor, Slomškov trg 15, 2000 Maribor,
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