How to optimise interventions for problem drinking among hospital outpatients?
SourceNetherlands Journal of Medicine, 63, 11, (2005), pp. 421-7
Article / Letter to editor
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SW OZ BSI KLP
Netherlands Journal of Medicine
SubjectEBP 3: Effective Primary Care and Public Health; EBP 4: Quality of Care; NCEBP 10: Human Movement & Fatigue; NCEBP 4: Quality of hospital and integrated care; ONCOL 4: Quality of Care; UMCN 4.2: Chronic inflammation and autoimmunity
In this article several suggestions on how to optimise interventions for problem drinking among hospital outpatients are enumerated. These interventions are especially important for patients with diagnoses that are alcohol related. The intervention has to be brief and easy to integrate into medical specialist's routine practice; an active role for the medical specialist and flexible involvement of a specialised nurse are suggested. Key elements of the intervention are: early identification of problem drinking; raising the issue of problem drinking; assessment of the drinking behaviour; reaching an agreement about change; follow-up; evaluation of the change. A feasible and attractive option is integrating the intervention into a broader lifestyle intervention. Those who perform the brief alcohol intervention need to be specially educated and trained.
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