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Problem alcohol use among problem drug users : development of clinical guidelines for general practice.

Creator:

Jan Klimas, Catherine-Anne Field, Rolande Anderson, Joseph Barry, Declan Bedford, Margaret Bourke, Gerard Corrigan, Joseph Doyle, Jean Flanagan, Hugh Gallagher, Noreen Geoghegan, Kieran Harkin, Eamon Keenan, John Lambert, Ruaidhri McAuliffe, Mary Ellen McCann, Aidan McCormick, Denis O'Driscoll, Colin O'Gara, Nicola Perry, Bobby P Smyth, Fiona Weldon, Walter Cullen, Gerard Bury, Suzi Lyons

Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
Description:

Problem alcohol use is common and associated with considerable adverse health and social outcomes among patients who attend GPs in Ireland and other European countries for opioid substitution treatment. This paper aims to describe the development and content of clinical guidelines for the management of problem alcohol use among current or former opioid users attending general practice for methadone treatment. Methods: The guidelines were developed in several stages: i) identification of key stakeholders; ii) development of evidence-based draft guidelines, and iii)determination of a modified â?~Delphi-facilitatedâ?T consensus among the group members. These guidelines were informed by a review of scientific evidence and a qualitative study, results of which will be presented also at this conference. Results: The guidelines incorporate advice for GPs on all aspects of care of this problem, including i) definition of problem alcohol use among problem drug users, ii) screening / identification of problem alcohol use, iii) interventions for treatment and management of problem alcohol use, iv) referral to secondary services and v) role of GPs in the management of persistent problem alcohol use and on-going care. Conclusions: General practice has an important role to play in the care of problem alcohol use among problem drug users, especially patients who attend for methadone treatment. Further research on strategies to inform the implementation of this study is a priority.

Date:

01/01/2012

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

Jan Klimas, Catherine-Anne Field, Rolande Anderson, Joseph Barry, Declan Bedford, Margaret Bourke, Gerard Corrigan, Joseph Doyle, Jean Flanagan, Hugh Gallagher, Noreen Geoghegan, Kieran Harkin, Eamon Keenan, John Lambert, Ruaidhri McAuliffe, Mary Ellen McCann, Aidan McCormick, Denis O'Driscoll, Colin O'Gara, Nicola Perry, Bobby P Smyth, Fiona Weldon, Walter Cullen, Gerard Bury, Suzi Lyons. (2012) Problem alcohol use among problem drug users : development of clinical guidelines for general practice. [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/213854 [Accessed: 21st July 2018].

  

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