Services on Demand
Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464Print version ISSN 0102-311X
RONZANI, Telmo Mota; RIBEIRO, Mário Sérgio; AMARAL, Michaela Bitarello do and FORMIGONI, Maria Lúcia Oliveira de Souza. Hazardous alcohol use: screening and brief intervention as routine practice in primary care. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2005, vol.21, n.3, pp.852-861. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2005000300019.
The variety of problems related to the so-called hazardous patterns of alcohol use make the latter a prominent public health concern. Screening instruments associated with brief interventions in primary care provide one of the frequently recommended secondary prevention strategies. The objective of this study was to assess the implementation of this strategy as a routine practice in primary health care services in the city of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais State, Brazil. A qualitative design was employed, including the application of semi-structured interviews for managers and health care professionals in the city's public health system, in addition to content analysis and participant observation. Results point to difficulties in the effective implementation of such routines both by managers and health care professionals. Health care professionals limit the approach to alcohol-dependent patients and demonstrate lack of motivation for preventive work. Health services managers experience difficulties in the organization and administration of such instruments, despite affirming their interest in the project.
Keywords : Alcohol Drinking; Primary Health Care; Prevention.