Emergency Physicians and Nurses Attitudes towards Alcohol-Intoxicated Patients

The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 04/26/2012

Warren OU et al. – Emergency physicians and nurses have similar attitudes but significant differences in the extent of these attitudes towards the care of the alcohol–intoxicated patient.


  • This single-site survey study evaluated emergency physicians' and nurses':
    • Attitudes of personal professional satisfaction and dissatisfaction when caring for intoxicated patients
    • Attitudes towards the difficulty in caring for alcohol-intoxicated patients
    • Attitudes towards respect of the alcohol-intoxicated patient
    • Attitudes towards the adequacy of training in caring for intoxicated patients
    • Attitudes towards rehabilitation and counseling of alcohol-intoxicated patients


  • Physicians were less satisfied and more dissatisfied than nurses when caring for alcohol-intoxicated patients.
  • Physicians found treating alcohol-intoxicated patients more difficult than nurses did.
  • Physicians were more likely to agree that alcohol-intoxicated patients should be treated with respect.
  • Physicians felt more adequately trained than nurses in caring for alcohol-intoxicated patients.
  • Nurses were more likely to believe that alcohol-related rehabilitation is ineffective compared with physicians.
  • Both nurses and physicians refer alcohol-intoxicated patients to rehabilitation to a similar extent.

Print Article Summary Cat 2 CME Report