Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: In their study of problem residents,
Drs Yao and Wright1 found that program directors
identified less than 2% of residents as having substance abuse or alcohol
problems yet 7% of residents in the programs surveyed underwent intervention
in a substance abuse rehabilitation program. It would seem that the "screening"
methods used by the institutions for identification of substance use disorders
are not adequate or, more likely, that the staff had received inadequate training
in identifying substance abuse.
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