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Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2014 Nov;139(48):2457-62. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1387417. Epub 2014 Nov 19.

[Improvement of management of hypertension by implementation of alcohol screening and subsequent interventions in primary practice].

[Article in German]

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Institut für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Technische Universität Dresden; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Kanada; und Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Toronto, Kanada.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Kanada.
Klinik für Abhängiges Verhalten und Suchtmedizin, Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit, Mannheim; und Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim, Universität Heidelberg.
Institut für Klinische Pharmakologie und Toxikologie, Charité-Universitätsmedizin, Berlin.
Lehrstuhl für Gesundheitswissenschaften/Public Health, Medizinische Fakultät, Technische Universität Dresden.
Facharztpraxis für Allgemeinmedizin, Jahnsdorf.
Facharztpraxis für Allgemeinmedizin, Berlin.
Institut für Sportwissenschaft, Abteilung Sportmedizin, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel.


Hypertension and alcohol use are both part of the five most important risk factors for burden of disease in Western Europe, mainly because of their impact on non-communicable diseases (NCD). Both risk factors are prevalent with high overlap among patients in primary care. Implementation of a screening for alcohol among patients of hypertension in primary care followed by brief intervention for problem alcohol use or formal treatment for people with alcohol dependence could constitute an important step to reach the goals of the Global WHO Action Plan for Prevention and Control of NCD. In addition, such an intervention could improve the management of hypertension. In a working group of experts from clinical practice and research the rationale and potential barriers for this intervention were discussed and steps for implementation in primary care were developed.

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