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Subst Abus. 2010 Oct;31(4):264-9. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2010.514245.

Feasibility of emergency department bilingual computerized alcohol screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment.

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Center for Trauma and Injury Prevention Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California-Irvine School of Medicine, Orange, California, USA.


The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of utilizing a computerized alcohol screening and intervention (CASI) kiosk in an emergency department (ED). An interactive English and Spanish audiographical computer program, developed for used on a mobile computer cart, was administered to 5103 patients. Patients who screened at risk (19%) also received a fully computer-guided brief negotiated interview (BNI) and a printed personal alcohol reduction plan. A higher percentage of younger patients, and males (31% versus 16% females), screened at risk or dependent. Patient surveys indicated CASI was easy to use and over 75% did not prefer a medical professional over the computer. The ED-based bilingual computerized alcohol screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment required little time to administer, was acceptable to patients, identified at-risk and dependent drinkers, and was able to provide personalized feedback and brief intervention.

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