Table 23Clinical review protocol for the evaluation of different dosing regimens for assisted withdrawal from alcohol

Electronic databasesCINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, Cochrane Library; see the NICE guideline (NICE, 2010b) on management of alcohol-related physical complications for search strategies
Date searchedSystematic reviews from 1993 to March 2010. All other searches from database inception to March 2010
Study designSystematic reviews; RCTs
Patient populationAdults (over 18 years old); patients with alcohol withdrawal syndrome
OutcomesMain outcomes: severity of withdrawal; duration of treatment; total amount of medication; incidence of seizures and DTs or other complications Other outcomes: patient and physician satisfaction; completion rates


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