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Field, Catherine-Anne and Klimas, Jan and Barry, Joseph and Bury, Gerard and Lyons, Suzi and Smyth, Bobby P and Cullen, Walter (2011) Alcohol screening and brief intervention among drug users in primary care: a discussion paper. Irish Journal of Medical Science , 181 , (2) , pp. 165-170.

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.

Results
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.

Conclusions
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.


Item Type:Article
Date:2011
Page Range:pp. 165-170
Publisher:Springer
Volume:181
Number:2
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Accession Number:HRB (Not in collection)
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Individual therapy > Brief intervention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Identification and screening > Identification and screening for substance use
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)

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