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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Alcohol Treatment Guide
Bridget M. Kuehn JAMA. 2007;297:1307
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has releasedan updated guide, Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician'sGuide, for physicians treating patients with alcohol problems(http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/guide).
For the first time, the publication includes instructions forprimary care physicians and nurses who wish to provide medication-basedtherapy to patients with alcohol dependence. According to theagency, such treatment is crucial because many patients lackaccess to specialty treatment or refuse such care.
Other new features include a handout that describes strategiesto help patients reduce their drinking or to quit, a Web pagewith resources for clinicians and patients, and informationabout the recently approved monthly injectable version of naltrexone.