Treatment for Alcohol Use Problems: Coordinated Care

I.Learners will be competent in working with patients to form a treatment plan and with other health care providers to coordinate patient care. II. Learners will be competent in being able to refer patients having relatively more severe alcohol use problems to a higher level of care and interact with the health professionals and institutions involved.

: 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.