College Risky/Hazardous Drinking: Understanding How Aspects of Patient-Provider Communication Relate to the Likelihood of Brief Provider Intervention




Hernandez, Rabecca-Kimberly

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The purpose of the current study was to add to the literature regarding the patient-provider relationship and barriers to communication when discussing substance use, specifically risky/hazardous drinking behaviors. The goal was to identify barriers to communication from the college student perspective. This was a two-part mixed-methods study that included a Qualtrics survey and pilot focus groups, both examining various aspects of patient-provider communication related to risky/hazardous alcohol use. The results indicated that health care providers are potentially missing opportunities to effectively assess alcohol use and provide brief intervention, and other factors besides drinking behaviors may influence the patient-provider relationship. Additional findings demonstrated that substance use stigma may be a barrier to effective provider-patient communication, and more discussion is needed about how to improve the conversation about alcohol use with college students. By expanding our understanding of the patient-provider relationship, researchers can work toward developing and implementing more efficient forms of intervention on college campuses and in other health care settings to address college students’ risky/ hazardous alcohol use.



Patient-provider relationship, Brief provider intervention, College drinking


Hernandez, R. K. (2020). <i>College risky/hazardous drinking: Understanding how aspects of patient-provider communication relate to the likelihood of brief provider intervention</i> (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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