Physician's information about alcohol problems at hospitalisation of alcohol misusers

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Information was gathered on recognition and treatment of alcohol problems in the primary and secondary health sectors, the latter represented by a department of hepatology. The general practitioner finds in most cases (18/26, 69%) that it is relevant to advise about a patient's alcohol misuse on admission forms when the patient previously has been discharged from another department with this diagnosis. However, if the patient has not previously been hospitalised due to alcohol misuse, information on the diagnosis is only rarely (30/114, 26%) available. This difference is highly significant (P = 0.0001). The case-recording hospital physician at admission recognises 73% of alcohol misusers who are admitted with a non-alcohol-related diagnosis. When the patient had been evaluated by both the admitting physician and the case-recording hospital physician, information on the alcohol problem occurred significantly less often in female compared to male patients (75% vs. 94%; P <0.002). Only 42 of 208 (20%) of alcohol misusers were under treatment with thiamine/B-vitamins and/or disulfiram before admission. There was a significant difference (P <0.003) as to whether the patient was treated when the general practitioner wrote alcohol misuse on the admission form and when he did not (37% vs. 10%). At admission, treatment was begun in 54%, and by the discharge 78% were under treatment. Further quality assurance in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with alcohol problems is needed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAlcohol and Alcoholism
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)659-665
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1992


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcoholism
  • Animals
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Records
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Admission
  • Patient Discharge
  • Personnel, Hospital
  • Sex Factors


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