(Est time: 1 hr) All patients should be screened for alcohol use, misuse, and alcohol use disorder. However, a number of barriers may make this a challenge in some instances. This course provides a clinical skills overview into how to properly screen, assess, and diagnose a patient with an alcohol use problem and overcome barriers to appropriate patient evaluation.
Goal: Learners will be competent in screening patients for alcohol use and properly assessing potential alcohol use disorders.
Choose and implement an appropriate screening instrument for alcohol use disorder
Confidently conduct a basic patient interview assessing for heavy drinking and maladaptive patterns of alcohol use causing significant impairment or distress
Describe the range of criteria for alcohol use disorder from physical dependence to misuse without dependence
Assess patients who are at risk for alcohol use disorder and form a preliminary diagnosis of alcohol use disorder when appropriate
(Est time: 1 hr) Once a health professional is able to isolate which of their patients need care for their alcohol use, how do they go about providing an effective intervention which will halt their patient's negative use of alcohol? This course provides an introduction to brief office interventions and how to refer patients to treatment if needed.
Goal: Learners will be able to provide brief office interventions, as well as know when and how to refer patients to other types of treatment for alcohol use disorders.
Assess a patient's willingness to change and use this assessment to motivate the patient towards treatment.
Perform a brief intervention for patients who misuse alcohol.
Assess and refer those patients who are at a higher risk level to a specialist's care.
Manage patients who have relapsed, encouraging those patients to attempt treatment again.
(Est time: 1 hr) When interacting with a patient at risk or diagnosed with alcohol misuse/abuse/dependence, a health care provider's professional role is to help patients be healthy. Thus, a natural window exists to include information about a patient's alcohol use in order to determine if it may be negatively affecting their health.
Goal: 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.
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.
0 of 3 required modules completed; there are no optional modules
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