Alcohol: Improving Communication and Providing Coordinated Care

Learners will be competent in working with patients who misuse alcohol, working with other health care providers to coordinate patient care, and interviewing a patient to form a treatment plan.

: 1 hr

After completing this activity participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to confidently interview patients for alcohol use.

  • Recommend to patients a treatment plan that coordinates patient care with other health professionals.

  • Facilitate treatment confidentiality in multiple contexts with multiple parties in a coordinated care effort.

Professional Practice GapsPrimary care physicians (PCPs) and other health care providers can have an overall positive effect on the patients they treat. Since about 70% of the population visits a PCP at least every other year, this puts the health care provider in a unique position to help (CASA 2000). References
National Survey of Primary Care Physicians and Patients on Substance Abuse. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. 2000.