This paper was presented in part at the 35th ASAM Annual Meeting, Washington DC, April, 2004.
Impact of a Brief Training on Medical Resident Screening for Alcohol Misuse and Illicit Drug Use
Article first published online: 18 FEB 2010
2008 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
The American Journal on Addictions
Volume 17, Issue 2, pages 149–154, March-April 2008
How to Cite
Gunderson, E. W., Levin, F. R. and Owen, P. (2008), Impact of a Brief Training on Medical Resident Screening for Alcohol Misuse and Illicit Drug Use. The American Journal on Addictions, 17: 149–154. doi: 10.1080/10550490701861144
- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 18 FEB 2010
- Received May 18, 2007; revised June 22, 2007; accepted July 24, 2007
Educational initiatives are needed to improve primary care substance use screening. This study assesses the impact on 24 medical residents of a 2.5-day curriculum combining experiential and manual-based training on screening for alcohol misuse and illicit drug use. A retrospective chart review of new primary care outpatients demonstrated that nearly all were asked about current alcohol use before and after curriculum participation. Adherence to national screening guidelines on quantification of alcohol consumption modestly improved (p < .05), as did inquiry about current illicit drug use (p < .05). Continued efforts are needed to enhance educational initiatives for primary care physicians.