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Field, Catherine-Anne and Klimas, Jan and Cullen, Walter and Barry, Joseph and Bury, Gerard and Keenan, Eamon and Lyons, Suzi and Smyth, Bobby P (2012) The management of problem alcohol use among drug users in primary care: exploring patients’ experience of screening and treatment. In: The Association of University Departments of General Practice in Ireland Annual Scientific Meeting, 9 March 2012, Department of General Practice The Royal College of surgeons in Ireland.

URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3578

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.


Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date:2012
Page Range:pp. 1-4
Event Title:The Association of University Departments of General Practice in Ireland Annual Scientific Meeting
Event Location:Department of General Practice The Royal College of surgeons in Ireland
Event Dates:9 March 2012
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Problem drugs and alcohol use
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > patient attitude toward treatment
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Identification and screening > Identification and screening for drugs and alcohol use
T Demographic characteristics > Doctor
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)

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