Family Medicine residents’ attitudes towards patients with Alcohol-Related Problems


  • Gui Santos USF Villa Longa
  • Frederico Rosário UCSP Tomaz Ribeiro



Objectives: to evaluate family medicine residents’ attitudes towards patients with alcohol-related problems.

Study design: cross-sectional study.

Participants: family medicine residents registered at the Lisbon’s Family Medicine Residency Coordination.

Methods: attitudes towards alcohol-related problems were assessed using the Short Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Perception Questionnaire. Associations were tested between questionnaire scores, gender and postgraduate training year.

Results: one hundred and ninety five residents meeting inclusion and exclusion criteria answered the questionnaire. The mean residents’ age was 29.2 years, and 74.4% were female. Residents felt role secure in working with drinkers (88.7% scored above Role Security scale midpoint) but reported lower levels of Therapeutic Commitment (57.9% scored above scale’s midpoint). Although residents showed on average positive attitudes, they considered working with drinkers an unpleasant task, since only 22.6% scored above Satisfaction’s subscale midpoint. Male and female residents reported similar attitudes towards drinkers in all questionnaire’s domains (all P>0.05), and their attitudes remain unchanged throughout training (all P>0.05).

Conclusions: residents’ attitudes towards patients with excessive alcohol consumption remain unchanged as they go through residency training. Inclusion of alcohol specific training modules into the residency programme that take residents’ attitudes into account may help to improve residents’ willingness to engage with patients with alcohol-related problems.


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Biografias Autor

Gui Santos, USF Villa Longa

Interno de 4º ano de Medicina Geral e Familiar

Unidade de Saúde Familiar Villa Longa

Frederico Rosário, UCSP Tomaz Ribeiro

Assistente em Medicina Geral e Familiar

Unidade de Cuidados de Saúde Personalizados Tomaz Ribeiro



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Santos, G., & Rosário, F. (2016). Family Medicine residents’ attitudes towards patients with Alcohol-Related Problems. Revista Portuguesa De Medicina Geral E Familiar, 31(6).

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