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Training seminar, Budapest, May 2007
Training seminar on treatment and prevention
A training seminar in Budapest organised by the European Forum for Primary Care (EFPC) and the department of Family Medicine, Semmelweis University Budapest.
Increasingly, primary care is delivered by a variety of professionals from different disciplines, reflecting the drive for efficient care, responding to a diversity of clients with different needs.
One of the client groups that needs the support of the Primary Care are patients suffering from alcohol addiction. Alcohol misuse is a major public health concern that has a huge impact on the economy of a nation. In the United Kingdom for example twenty per cent of patients presenting to primary care are likely to be excessive drinkers, meaning that the average whole-time equivalent general practitioner (GP) is likely to see 364 excessive drinkers a year. Many of these consultations are for the health complications of alcohol overuse, principally gastrointestinal problems, psychiatric problems, or accidents.
General practice is ideally suited to help those patients but many GPs are less than comfortable with the expectations put on their shoulders. Therefore, if a National Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy is to have any chance of being effective, both the barriers and expertise of different professionals within primary care need to be acknowledged and addressed.