Patient Management (TIP 49, Chapter 6)

From Incorporating Alcohol Pharmacotherapies Into Medical Practice (TIP 49)

About the Course:

Many health problems or mental disorders that healthcare practitioners (particularly those in primary care) encounter in their everyday practices derive from or are complicated by alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Consequently, healthcare practitioners are in key positions to manage the care of large numbers of individuals with AUDs. However, only a small percentage of these patients are actually treated for AUDs in these settings. The publication, Incorporating Alcohol Pharmacotherapies Into Medical Practice, discusses medications currently approved for treating alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Chapter 6 discusses factors to consider when treating patients with medications for AUDs.

Course materials are from Chapter 6, found on pages 45-61 of pdf document (pages 61-77 if using Adobe toolbar page finder.) Course materials can be accessed either 1) online or by ordering the publication free of charge from:
http://ncadistore.samhsa.gov/catalog/productDetails.aspx?ProductID=18117

Publication Date:

2009

Author

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers who seek knowledge about patient management when incorporating alcohol pharmacotherapies into medical practice. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe how to integrate medication for alcohol dependence into clinical practice settings, including initial assessment and choosing a medication.

  2. Discuss combination therapy, choosing a psychosocial intervention, and developing a treatment plan.

  3. Explain the importance of patient awareness and education, and discuss factors related to monitoring patient progress, modifying the treatment strategy, and discontinuing pharmacotherapy.

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