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[irishhealth.com] , Condon, Deborah Practice nurses can ID alcohol problems. (06 Jun 2013)

URL: http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=22203

Nurses working in GP practices are ideally placed to identify patients with alcohol problems, it has been claimed.

According to Linda Latham, an advanced nurse practitioner working in a medical practice in Dublin, the abuse of alcohol in Irish society continues to be a major problem, resulting in 'financial, physical and emotional distress for communities, families and individuals'.

Since GPs are often the first port of call for health problems, they are in a unique position to spot and offer help with alcohol-related problems. However, according to Ms Latham, ‘it is important to remember that it is also practice nurses who have historically been identified internationally as central to the delivery of primary care services'.....

 

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