The management of problem alcohol use among drug users in primary care : exploring patients’ experience of screening and treatment

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Title: The management of problem alcohol use among drug users in primary care : exploring patients’ experience of screening and treatment
Authors: Field, Catherine Anne
Klimas, Jan
Cullen, Walter
Barry, Joe
Bury, Gerard
Keenan, Eamon
Lyons, Suzi
Smyth, Bobby P.
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Date: 9-Mar-2012
Online since: 2012-04-17T15:04:23Z
Abstract: Problem alcohol use is common among drug using patients who attend GPs in Ireland (35%) and other European countries. It is associated with adverse health outcomes including physical, psychological and social implications. These include various forms of liver disease exacerbated by the high prevalence of Hepatitis C among IDUs (62-81% in Ireland), fatal/non-fatal opiate overdose, mood anxiety, personality disorders, poor emotional health and wellbeing, early cessation of drug treatment, poor treatment outcomes and an increase in anti-social behaviour. Evidence has demonstrated the role of primary care in screening and treatment for problem alcohol use and the importance of a stepped approach to alcohol treatment. This study examined patients’ experience of being screened and treated for problem alcohol use, the barriers and enablers to addressing these issues and their views on how these therapeutic interventions can be improved.
Funding Details: Health Research Board
Type of material: Conference Publication
Copyright (published version): 2012 the authors
Keywords: Problem alcohol usePrimary careMethadone treatmentQualitative methods
Subject LCSH: Drug abusers--Alcohol use
Primary care (Medicine)
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Conference Details: Abstract for paper presented at AUDGPI 2012, The Association of University Departments of General Practice in Ireland Annual Scientific Meeting Hosted By Department of General Practice The Royal College of surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, 9th March 2012
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