Frieda Matthys

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BACKGROUND A chronic care perspective should be adopted in the treatment of patients with alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Initial treatment in a more intense psychiatric care setting should be followed by continuing care. This systematic review aims to identify effective continuing care interventions for patients with AUDs. METHODS Electronic databases were(More)
Excessive alcohol intake is one of the leading causes of premature death in Europe and particularly in Belgium. Belgian people are consuming more alcohol per year than the European average. It is well established that excessive alcohol consumption is a significant predictor of the development of hypertension (HTN). Two million adults in Belgium suffer from(More)
AIM Analysis of ethyl glucuronide (EtG) concentrations in hair is increasingly used to estimate the consumption of alcohol of the prior months. Linear correlations between the amount of alcohol consumed and the concentration of EtG in hair have been reported, and several variables that may influence this correlation have been investigated: e.g. cosmetic(More)
In alcohol-dependent patients craving is a difficult-to-treat phenomenon. It has been suggested that high-frequency (HF) repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) may have beneficial effects. However, exactly how this application exerts its effect on the underlying craving neurocircuit is currently unclear. In an effort to induce alcohol craving(More)
BACKGROUND Although the emergency department in Belgian hospital is an important gateway to mental health care, there is lack of information about the way in which this population has evolved. Various studies have reported on the increasing numbers of patients with psychiatric problems, particularly in the younger age group. AIM To focus on the(More)
AIMS To develop indicators to assess quality of continuing care for persons with alcohol use disorder (AUD). METHODS A guideline-based RAND-modified Delphi method was used to develop and validate indicators regarding the process and outcome of continuing care. We systematically searched for evidence-based guidelines and existing quality indicators. A(More)
Various guidelines are available for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults, but not for patients with ADHD and a comorbid substance use disorder (SUD). In 2010, the Addiction Medicine Working Party, a division of the VAD (Verenigingvoor Alcohol- en andere Drugproblemen/Association for Alcohol and other Drug Problems) developed a practice guideline(More)