- Step 1: Choose any number of cases and/or modules below.
- Step 2: Receive a letter of completion for cases/modules.
- For Cases: Take the survey at the end of the case to receive a letter of completion for that case.
- For Modules: Review all of the content to receive a letter of completion for that module.
- Step 3: Complete the post-assessments to receive a letter of completion for the Alcohol: Clinical Encounters Activity.
Professional Practice Gaps
Routine screening of all adults and adolescents for the continuum of alcohol use problems is currently recommended (NIAAA 2007) but does not always occur. At-risk drinkers can be effectively treated solely in primary care by using brief interventions (SAMHSA, 2014). Motivational interviewing skills can be used as a part of brief interventions for alcohol use problems. Primary 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). Alcohol addiction is a complex disease, and continued research provides insight into the biological basis of this disease. The use of medications to treat severe alcohol use is one option for some patients. It is important to choose pharmacotherapies carefully to maximize patient outcomes (Heilig et al., 2011). Some providers may not be familiar with the currently approved and recommended pharmacotherapies for alcohol used disorder.
NIH. Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths Fact Sheet. NIH. 2010. Available at: http://report.nih.gov/NIHfactsheets/Pdfs/AlcoholRelatedTrafficDeaths(NIAAA).pdf Accessed on: 2015-05-07.
SAMHSA. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). SAMHSA. 2014. Available at: http://www.samhsa.gov/sbirt Accessed on: 2015-03-20.
National Survey of Primary Care Physicians and Patients on Substance Abuse. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. 2000.
Heilig M, Goldman D, Berrettini W, O’Brien CP. Pharmacogenetic approaches to the treatment of alcohol addiction. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 2011; 12: 670-684. Available at: http://www.nature.com/nrn/journal/v12/n11/full/nrn3110.html Accessed on: 2015-05-29.
When you have completed all the cases and modules of your choosing, please take the post-assessments to receive a Certificate of Participation for the activity.