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


K Srinivasan1, Mary Kutty Augustine2 
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

Correspondence Address:
K Srinivasan
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, St. John«SQ»s Medical College Hospital, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore-560034
India

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.


How to cite this article:
Srinivasan K, Augustine MK. The Adequacy of Drinking History Elicited by Junior Doctors in a Teaching General Hospital : An Exploratory Study.Indian J Psychiatry 2000;42:393-396


How to cite this URL:
Srinivasan K, Augustine MK. The Adequacy of Drinking History Elicited by Junior Doctors in a Teaching General Hospital : An Exploratory Study. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2000 [cited 2021 Apr 11 ];42:393-396
Available from: https://www.indianjpsychiatry.org/article.asp?issn=0019-5545;year=2000;volume=42;issue=4;spage=393;epage=396;aulast=Srinivasan;type=0