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

By Jan Gill, Fiona Maclean, Linda Renton and Fiona O'May


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

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