Brief intervention in primary care settings - A primary treatment method for at-risk, problem, and dependent drinkers

Citation
M. Fleming et Lb. Manwell, Brief intervention in primary care settings - A primary treatment method for at-risk, problem, and dependent drinkers, ALCOHOL R H, 23(2), 1999, pp. 128-137
Citations number
29
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science
Journal title
ALCOHOL RESEARCH & HEALTH
ISSN journal
1535-7414 → ACNP
Volume
23
Issue
2
Year of publication
1999
Pages
128 - 137
Database
ISI
SICI code
Abstract
Primary health care providers identify and treat many patients who are at r isk for or are already experiencing alcohol-related problems. Brief interve ntions-counseling delivered by primary cave providers in the context of sev eral standard office visits-can be a successful treatment approach for many of these patients. Numerous trials involving a variety of patient populati ons have indicated that brief interventions can reduce patients' drinking l evels, regardless of the patients' ages and gender. In clinical practice, b rief interventions can help reduce the drinking levels of nondependent drin kers who drink more than the recommended limits, facilitate therapy and abs tinence in patients receiving pharmacotherapy, and enhance the effectivenes s of assessment and treatment referral in patients who do not respond to br ief interventions alone. Despite the evidence for their usefulness, however , brief interventions for alcohol-related problems have not yet been widely implemented in primary cave settings.