Evaluation of an alcohol education package for non‐specialist health care and social workers Academic Article uri icon


  • A quasi-experimental non-equivalent control group design was used to assess the influence of a two-day experiential alcohol education package for non-specialist health care and social workers. Four pairs of teams took part in the study: general practice; accident and emergency; medicine for the elderly; and social work. The dual foci of the evaluation were agents' knowledge and attitudes, and these were assessed using a modified version of the Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Perception Questionnaire (AAPPQ). For both variables, the one-month follow-up scores of the education teams were significantly higher than those of the comparisons, although the effect was stronger in the case of therapeutic attitudes than knowledge. There were also significant differences in improvement in attitude scores, with significant effects being observed in the general practice, medicine for the elderly and social work teams but not the accident and emergency. At 6 months, the level of fall-off in improvement varied and this, along with the pattern of change evident in the five components which comprise the AAPPQ attitude scale, was examined and discussed in relation to previous research in this field of inquiry.

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author list (cited authors)

  • GORMAN, D. M., WERNER, J. M., JACOBS, L. M., & DUFFY, S. W.

citation count

  • 32

publication date

  • February 1990