Alcohol screening and brief intervention among drug users in primary care : a discussion paper

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Title: Alcohol screening and brief intervention among drug users in primary care : a discussion paper
Authors: Field, Catherine AnneKlimas, JanBarry, JoeBury, GerardKeenan, EamonLyons, SuziSmyth, Bobby P.Cullen, Walter
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Date: 1-Jun-2012
Online since: 2013-06-02T03:00:07Z
Abstract: Background problem alcohol use is common among problem drug users (PDU) and associated with adverse health outcomes. Primary care has an important role in the overall stepped approach to alcohol treatment, especially screening and brief intervention (SBI). Aim To discuss three themes that emerged from an exploration of the literature on SBI for problem alcohol use in drug users attending primary care. Methods material for this discussion paper was gathered from three biomedical databases (PubMed, PsycINFO and Cochrane library), conference proceedings and online resources of professional organisations or national health agencies. Themes discussed in this paper are: (a) the potential of primary care for delivery of alcohol SBIs to PDUs, (b) screening methods and (c) application of brief interventions to PDUs. Although SBI improves health outcomes associated with problem alcohol use in the general population, further research is needed among high-risk patient groups, especially PDUs.
Funding Details: Health Research Board
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer
Journal: Irish Journal of medical science
Volume: 181
Issue: 2
Start page: 165
End page: 170
Copyright (published version): Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2011
Keywords: Problem alcohol useScreening and brief interventionPrimary careProblem drug use
Subject LCSH: Drug abusers--Alcohol use
Primary care (Medicine)
Medical screening
DOI: 10.1007/s11845-011-0748-7
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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