Alcohol interventions in trauma centers

Current practice and future directions

L. M. Gentilello, D. M. Donovan, C. W. Dunn, F. P. Rivara

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Abstract

Nearly half of all trauma beds are occupied by patients who were injured while under the influence of alcohol. Alcoholism plays such a significant role in trauma that efforts to reduce injury recurrence are unlikely to be successful if it remains untreated. An injury requiring hospitalization creates a unique opportunity to intervene and to motivate patients to alter their drinking behavior, thereby making trauma centers ideal sites to implement an alcohol screening, intervention, and referral program. However, despite emphasis on injury control and prevention, little has been done to incorporate alcohol intervention programs into care of the injured patient. Effective means of intervention exist that are consistent with the time, financial, and staffing constraints of trauma centers, and they should be implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1043-1048
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Medical Association
Volume274
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1995

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Trauma Centers
Alcohols
Wounds and Injuries
Drinking Behavior
Alcoholism
Patient Care
Hospitalization
Referral and Consultation
Direction compound
Recurrence

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Alcohol interventions in trauma centers : Current practice and future directions. / Gentilello, L. M.; Donovan, D. M.; Dunn, C. W.; Rivara, F. P.

In: Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 274, No. 13, 1995, p. 1043-1048.

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Gentilello, L. M. ; Donovan, D. M. ; Dunn, C. W. ; Rivara, F. P. / Alcohol interventions in trauma centers : Current practice and future directions. In: Journal of the American Medical Association. 1995 ; Vol. 274, No. 13. pp. 1043-1048.
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