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From JAMA's Daily News Site
July 17, 2013

From JAMA’s Daily News Site

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JAMA. 2013;310(3):249. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.8511

Clinicians should screen all adults aged 18 years and older for alcohol misuse, says the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

All 3 screening tools that the USPSTF considered for use in the primary care setting take less than 5 minutes to administer. These tools also have good or adequate sensitivity and specificity across the alcohol-misuse spectrum, the task force found. For patients with risky drinking patterns, brief multicontact behavioral counseling (each contact is 6-15 minutes) appears to be the most effective intervention. However, the task force didn’t formally evaluate other interventions, such as pharmacotherapy or outpatient treatment programs.

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