Changes in receptionists' attitudes towards involvement in a general practice-based trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention

Catherine A. Lock*, Eileen F.S. Kaner, Nick Heather, Eilish Gilvarry, Brian R. McAvoy

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Background. Primary health care receptionists are increasingly expected to be involved in research. However, little is known about receptionists' attitudes to research or health programmes. Aim. To examine changes in receptionists' attitudes, with different levels of training and support, towards involvement in a general practice-based trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention. Method. Subjects were 84 receptionists, one per practice, who assisted in the implementation of a screening and brief alcohol intervention programme. Receptionists were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: control (no training or support), training alone, and training plus ongoing telephone support. Baseline and follow-up questionnaires were used to assess changes in receptionists' attitudes. Results. Of 40 items that measured receptionists' attitudes to involvement in the programme, 70% had deteriorated after three months, 20% significantly so. There was no effect of training and support condition. Receptionists' and GPs' attitudes to research and health programmes conflicted. Conclusion. Receptionists developed more negative views about involvement in research and health programmes over the three-month study period, regardless of level of training and support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-115
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Issue number451
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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