(HealthDay): People with alcohol use disorder (AUD) frequently use health care and receive evidence of alcohol use, but few are referred or receiving treatment, according to a study published online May 16 in Alcoholism: clinical and experimental research.
Carrie M. Mintz, MD, of the University of Washington School of Medicine, in St. Louis. Louis, and colleagues, used data from the 2015- to 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Consumption to assess gaps in care for people with AUD.
The researchers found that the weighted prevalence of AUD was 7.8 percent among the 214,505 people included in the sample. Most people with AUD used it health care during the previous twelve months and were examined alcohol consumption (81.4 and 69.9 percent, respectively). A minority of individuals received the following steps of care, including brief intervention, referral to treatment, and treatment (11.6, 5.1, and 5.8 percent, respectively). When attention cascades were stratified by AUD severity, similar patterns were observed.
“Outpatient care settings, the most widely used form of health care for people with AUD, represent a privileged opportunity to implement AUD treatment at the point of care to improve outcomes in this high-risk population.” , write the authors.
One author is listed as the inventor of a “Markers for Addiction” patent.
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