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Woods, CB and Moynihan, A (2009) General practitioners knowledge, practice and training requirements in relation to doping in sport. Irish Medical Journal, 102, (1), pp. 8-10.

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This study examined General Practitioner’s (GP) knowledge, practice and training requirements in relation to doping in sport in Ireland. All 2,083 GPs on the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) register received a postal questionnaire, yielding a 37% response rate (N=771, 63% male, average age 46.2 ± 9SD, range 28-74 years).

Results revealed that 14% (112) deemed their knowledge of doping agents to be good or very good, 12% (94) had completed specific training modules in doping or sport, and 24% (183) were connected with a specific sport as a team doctor/advisor.

Over one in four (28%: 217) had been consulted for advice on doping in Sport, 33% (256) possessed the current list of prohibited substances, and 25% (190) knew of the Irish Sports Council’s drug-testing procedures.

The current initiatives to discourage doping in sport were felt to be ineffective, and although 92% (716) indicated that GPs had a role to play in the prevention of doping in sport, only 9% (66) felt adequately trained for such a role. There was overwhelming support for further training among GPs, although the most appropriate method of providing training is complex and requires strategic planning.


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