Treatment for Alcohol Use Problems: Coordinated Care

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

: 1 hr

After completing this activity participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to develop a treatment plan for patients having diagnosed alcohol use problems.

  • Recommend multidisciplinary treatment plans when treating patients having alcohol use problems.

  • Facilitate treatment for alcohol use disorder that coordinates patient care with other health professionals in multiple contexts in a coordinated care effort.

  • Refer those patients who are at a higher risk level to a specialist's care.

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.