|Online Video Program Trains Clinicians to Help
Patients Who Drink Too Much
A new, interactive video training program from the National Institute
on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes
of Health (NIH), demonstrates quick and effective strategies for
screening patients for heavy drinking and helping them to cut down
"The video scenarios demonstrate evidence-based techniques
for assessing and managing at-risk drinking and alcohol use disorders," says
NIAAA Director Ting-Kai Li, M.D. "We want to make these techniques
widely available to clinicians so that more people with alcohol
use problems will get the help they need." Called Video Case
Studies: Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much, the program is available
through the NIAAA website at www.niaaa.nih.gov/guide.
Based on the NIAAA Clinician’s Guide, the online program features
four 10-minute video case scenarios, each led by an expert clinician
who offers insights and engages viewers in considering different
strategies for treatment and follow-up. Continuing education credit
for physicians and nurses who use the training program will be
provided through Medscape.com.
"The videos model clinicians interacting with patients with
different levels of alcohol involvement and who are in different
stages of readiness to change," noted Mark Willenbring, M.D.,
director of NIAAA’s Division of Treatment and Recovery Research. "The
video scenarios take place in several different settings to show
that clinicians in primary care, mental health, and other specialties
are all in a prime position to make a difference."
In addition to the video case studies, the program includes a
15- to 20-minute tutorial on the NIAAA Clinicians Guide. With video
narration and animated graphics, this section teaches clinicians
- Ask patients about alcohol use
- Assess heavy drinkers for alcohol use disorders
- Help at-risk drinkers to cut back to safer drinking levels
- Help patients with alcohol use disorders to quit, including
treating them with newer, effective medications for dependence
The tutorial and case studies require about an hour to complete.
"As physicians, we see the serious impact that excessive
alcohol use can have on patients, their families and public safety," said
Ronald M. Davis, M.D., president of the American Medical Association. "Scientific
evidence shows if we can prevent alcohol consumption from becoming
a problem, we can help stop thousands, even millions, of alcohol-related
diseases and injuries. The AMA encourages physicians to learn how
to conduct screening and brief interventions for at-risk drinking
behavior and how to identify and treat alcoholism."
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the National Institutes of Health, is the primary U.S. agency for
conducting and supporting research on the causes, consequences,
prevention, and treatment of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol
problems and disseminates research findings to general, professional,
and academic audiences. Additional alcohol research information
and publications are available at www.niaaa.nih.gov.
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