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Manafo E.,Ryerson University | Giesbrecht N.,Center for Addiction and Mental Health | Gupta R.,Toronto Public Health Division
Journal of Substance Use | Year: 2014

Introduction: The purpose of this study is to explore the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs among health and health care professionals in Ontario of the risks associated with excessive alcohol use to strengthen attention on alcohol as a key modifiable risk factor for cancer and other health harms. Methods: This study used an online survey to answer the following research questions: (1) What is the level of awareness of excessive alcohol use as a risk factor for injuries, cancer and chronic diseases among health and health care professionals? (2) How do you address alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm reduction in practice? and (3) What opportunities and barriers exist for health care professionals in addressing alcohol-related harm in practice? Results: Five hundred and eight-one participants responded to the online survey. The majority of respondents were Dietitians, Public Health Nurses, Nurses, Health Promotion Consultants and Health Educators. Results include participant's attitudes, opinions and knowledge on the identified research questions. Discussion & Conclusion: Results from this survey will be disseminated to promote health and health care professionals awareness surrounding issues of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm, with emphasis on physicians and other Allied Health Professionals (including Registered Dietitians and Public Health Nurses). Several knowledge exchange areas are identified. © 2014 Informa UK Ltd. All rights reserved.

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