Alcohol enquiry by GPs – understanding patients’ perspectives: a qualitative study

tam-af11-2015-coverThis research article on patient beliefs and attitudes towards alcohol discussions with GPs was published in Australian Family Physician. (PDF).

Tam CWM, Leong L, Zwar N, Hespe C. Alcohol enquiry by GPs – understanding patient perspectives: a qualitative study. Australian family physician. 2015;44(11):833-8.

GP Unit authors: Michael Tam, Louis Leong

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How acceptable is it for GPs to ask about drinking – what do patients think?

abstractcoverThis oral presentation was given at the GP15, the RACGP 2015 Conference, held on 21-23 September 2015 in Melbourne. (abstract PDF)

Tam CWM, Leong L, Zwar N, Hespe C.  How acceptable is it for GPs to ask about drinking – who do patients think?  GP15 RACGP 2015 Conference. Melbourne. 2015 September 21-23.

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Consultation contexts and the acceptability of alcohol enquiry from general practitioners – a survey experiment

July_Research-TamMy study, a survey experiment measuring the variability in acceptability in patient acceptance to alcohol enquiry by GPs was published in the July 2015 edition of Australian Family Physician.

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Authors:

  • Chun Wah Michael Tam
  • Louis Hion-Lam Leong
  • Nicholas Zwar
  • Charlotte Hespe

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Research ethics and approval process: A guide for new GP researchers

researchethics_coverMy professional guide on the research ethics process was published in the June 2015 edition of Australian Family Physician.

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Authors:

  • Siaw-Teng Liaw
  • Chun Wah Michael Tam

Abstract

Background

The underlying moral principles and values, and the virtues held as desirable for a researcher, should be reflected upon and embedded in the research. The foundation step is to download the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC’s) National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and the NHMRC’s Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research to use as references.

Objective

This paper draws on the experience of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ (RACGP’s) National Research and Evaluation Ethics Committee to provide an eight-step approach to the research ethics process.

Discussion

The researcher should use the research ethics process as an opportunity to foster and guide the development and conduct of ethical research.

Let’s listen to patients’ and GPs’ perspectives on alcohol-screening research

viewpoint_coverMy opinion piece/viewpoint article on alcohol screening research was published in the June 2015 edition of Australian Family Physician.

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Authors:

  • Chun Wah Michael Tam
  • Louis Hion-Lam Leong
  • Nicholas Zwar

Summary

Alcohol-screening questionnaires have been found to be effective in the early detection of risky drinking but are rarely used by clinicians in primary care. As research agenda tend not to seek the perspectives of patients and general practitioners (GPs), the best way to
address the barriers to implementation is unclear. Contemporary research to explore patient beliefs and attitudes towards alcohol enquiry by GPs is needed.