Implementing an effective intervention for problem drinkers on medical wards.

@article{McManus2003ImplementingAE,
  title={Implementing an effective intervention for problem drinkers on medical wards.},
  author={S. McManus and Jane Hipkins and Peter A Haddad and Elspeth Guthrie and Francis H. Creed},
  journal={General hospital psychiatry},
  year={2003},
  volume={25 5},
  pages={332-7}
}
Many medical inpatients have alcohol related problems but evidence of the feasibility of instituting a brief intervention is incomplete. An alcohol counsellor trained nurses on five general medical wards to screen patients routinely for alcohol problems. She counselled appropriate patients using one or two counselling sessions. Efficacy of the counselling was assessed at interview six months following the admission. We found that 19.6% of male and 4.8% of female medical patients were drinking… CONTINUE READING

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