Scientific Article
Universal Screening For Alcohol Misuse At Hospital Admission Identifies Patients At Risk

Author
Stephen R. Atkinson, Nikhil Vergis, Alexandre Louvet (Mail: alexandre.louvet@chru-lille.fr), Mark R. Thursz (Mail: m.thursz@imperial.ac. uk)
Citation
Stephen R. Atkinson, Nikhil Vergis, Alexandre Louvet, Mark R. Thursz. Universal screening of acute medical admissions for excess alcohol consumption: What’s the misuse? Journal of Hepatology, 2017; DOI: 10.1016/j.jhep.2017.06.006
  • Source
    Journal of Hepatology
  • Release date
    01/09/2017

Universal screening of acute medical admissions for excess alcohol consumption: What’s the misuse?

Summary

Landmark 3-year study indicates that systematically screening all admissions to an acute medical unit for alcohol-related issues is achievable and effective, reports the Journal of Hepatology

In a landmark study of over 50,000 hospital admissions, investigators demonstrated the feasibility of introducing universal screening for alcohol problems to identify patients at risk. They showed that patients can be easily categorized based on a simple risk score to identify people with high rates of emergency department attendance, recurrent hospital admissions, and high risk of alcohol-related liver disease.

These patients can be selectively targeted with effective treatments for alcohol misuse, potentially reducing the burden of alcohol-related harm including alcoholic liver disease.

Source Website: Journal of Hepatology