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GPs should get specific training on dealing with patients’ alcohol problems, MPs hear

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1913
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    With the right training and support, doctors could take on the role of preventing the overuse of alcohol by their patients as part of routine care, MPs were told earlier this month.

    At an evidence session as part of the parliamentary health select committee’s inquiry into alcohol, expert witnesses said that primary care could do more to help patients with alcohol problems.

    MPs asked clinicians what more the NHS could do to prevent the development of alcohol related problems.

    Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, said that the institute was currently undertaking three related reviews: prevention of …

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