The University of Auckland is conducting research to establish the acceptability and feasibility of using a web-based Alcohol Risk Communication Tool in General Practice settings. This research is funded by the Health Promotion Agency. The tool is designed to help GPs initiate discussions with their patients regarding their alcohol consumption and, where required, discuss with patients' potential ways to modify their drinking. The tool incorporates standard screening questions, calculates a risk score, and provides visual feedback. The intention is that the tool will be eventually embedded into the PMS but for the purpose of this project it is a standalone tool. GPs in practices from eight regions across New Zealand are being invited to take part.
Initially the researchers would like to focus on GPs in Taranaki and Tairāwhiti. Ideally, they would like GPs who work in a range of settings e.g. low socio-economic, high Māori and/or Pacific populations, rural practices. They would also like to engage GPs with a range of opinions on screening and brief interventions e.g. those who would be likely to support this and those who may be more sceptical. Once GPs have confirmed interest, a research assistant will visit in person to obtain informed consent and to give an overview of what is involved including demonstrating the tool.
It is hoped that this research will inform and provide evidence for the next stage of this research and approach - ensuring it is fit-for purpose. The next stage would be the integration of the tool into PMS to support systematic structured brief intervention, which is well evidenced and effective.
If you would like further information please contact:
Associate Professor Bridget Kool
Associate Dean (Academic)
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Tel: +64 9 373 7599 ext. 83871
To indicate your interest in participating please complete this form.