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Alcohol Treat Q. 2011 Apr;29(2):146-157.

Brief Intervention for Emergency Department Patients with Alcohol Misuse: Implications for Current Practice.

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso Department of Emergency Medicine.


This article reviews studies and current practices of brief motivational intervention in the emergency department and identifies factors related to the effectiveness of brief intervention. Studies of brief intervention in the emergency department have had mixed results with most studies showing improvements in both intervention and control groups. Most report brief intervention reducing alcohol's negative consequences without reducing consumption. Clinical practice is incorporating brief intervention as part of emergency treatment and further research is needed to determine the factors most responsible for the improvements noted in most studies.

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