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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

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BRITO SOSA, Germán  and  IRAIZOZ BARRIOS, Ana María. Social repercussion and bioethical analysis in patients from the Anonymous Alcoholic Group. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2011, vol.27, n.3, pp.307-322. ISSN 0864-2125.

OBJECTIVE: To assess from the bioethical point of view the social repercussion having the ingestion of alcohol in the persons belonging to Anonymous Alcoholics. METHODS: An observational, descriptive, longitudinal and prospective study was conducted. Informed consent was requested. The researches techniques used were of qualitative and quantitative types, as instrument it was used a questionnaire designed by authors and validated by psychologists allowed us to perform the bioethical assessment. Universe included 200 patients belong to Anonymous Alcoholic Group from Ciudad de La Habana province, 50 of them were care in the "Julio Trigo López": Hospital with the coordination and the cooperation of its seat, located in the Vedado , Plaza Municipality. Surveys were administered between January and December, 2007. RESULTS: The 100 % of patients consider that its way of drink is provoking difficulty with its health, its family, its neighbor's relationships and in its job; the 98 % have difficulties to control itself when drink. The time elapsed from the appearance of complications is of 73.5 % months, in the 17 % of years and in the 9.5 % of days. The 94 % considers that alcoholism is a disease. The 89.5 % of patients seen in the different health levels consider that they have been well treated. Total of the persons polled think that they are discriminated by society. CONCLUSIONS: The bioethical principles are infringed in a variable way in a group of alcoholic patients. Anonymous Alcoholics represent for patients involved of alcoholism an organization offering them support, hope and help them to maintain in abstinence

Keywords : Bioethics; alcoholism; anonymous alcoholics.

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