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Neale, Joanne and Parkman, Tom and Day, Ed and Drummond, Colin [Alcohol Research UK] . (2016) Frequent attenders to accident and emergency departments: a qualitative study of individuals who repeatedly present with alcohol-related health conditions. London: Alcohol Research UK. 5 p. Alcohol Insight Number 0134

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Key findings
• People who frequently attend Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments for alcohol-related reasons tend to experience alcohol dependence associated with multiple and complex needs, but also report diverse patterns of drinking and other substance use, and varied health and social problems.
• Although A&E staff are generally sympathetic to the needs of people with complex drinking and related problems, they do not have the resources or training to provide the kind of personalised support that people who frequently attend A&E for alcohol-related reasons often need.
• Assertive outreach – a treatment model that offers intensive, individualised, caseworker support for patients in the community – seems to offer good potential for helping people who frequently attend A&E for alcohol-related reasons.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder treatment method, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Alcohol Research UK
Date:May 2016
Pages:5 p.
Publisher:Alcohol Research UK
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
B Substances > Alcohol
F Concepts in psychology > Attitude and behaviour > Attitude toward substance use > Attitude toward substance user
G Health and disease > State of health
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol dependence
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Patient care management
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Emergency care
T Demographic characteristics > Substance or health care worker
T Demographic characteristics > Doctor
T Demographic characteristics > Nurse
T Demographic characteristics > Social worker
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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