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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 393-396

The Adequacy of Drinking History Elicited by Junior Doctors in a Teaching General Hospital : An Exploratory Study

1 Professor, Department of Psychiatry, St. John's Medical College Hospital, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore-560034, India
2 Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatric, Nursing, St. John's College of Nursing, Bangalore, India

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K Srinivasan
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, St. John's Medical College Hospital, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore-560034
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We reviewed the case records of patients admitted to the medical, surgical and orthopaedic wards of a teaching general hospital to see whether junior doctors took an adequate drinking history from their patients. Results showed that in more than 50% of the case sheets examined, the resident doctors failed to document any details regarding alcohol consumption. Pattern of drinking was mentioned in 14% of the case records. Few case sheets carried details of alcohol related problems. Overall, interns were better than post-graduate students at documenting details of alcohol consumption among their patients. The junior doctors did not identify harmful drinking in 43% of their patients.



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