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Healthcare graduates for the 21st century; Knowledge and attitudes relating to alcohol and brief interventions.

By Jan Gill, Maggie Nicol, Caroline Gibson and Fiona O'May


Final year students studying a variety of healthcare\ud courses (involving inter-professional education), at six\ud Scottish universities completed a questionnaire (spring\ud 2009). While changes in current health policy endorse\ud graduate attributes promoting shared responsibility, an\ud overlapping of roles, analysis of findings revealed\ud differences between the professions in terms of level of\ud understanding of health guidelines, acceptance of role\ud and perceived confidence in personal knowledge\ud relating to alcohol misuse. Two professions were\ud predominantly viewed as key to this area of practice\ud only by their own students (OT and pharmacy) while\ud three (speech and language, radiography, dietetics)\ud doubted the importance of their role

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