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May 14, 2014

Bringing Patient-Centered Care to Patients With Alcohol Use Disorders

Author Affiliations
  • 1Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, Washington
  • 2Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education, Seattle, Washington
  • 3Health Services Research and Development, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, Washington
  • 4Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC
  • 5Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 6Department of Health Services, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 7Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle
JAMA. 2014;311(18):1861-1862. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3629

Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are common, chronic conditions affecting more than 10% of US adults.1 Alcohol use disorders include a spectrum of problems due to impaired control over drinking and are a major contributor to disability and death in the United States.2 However, patients with AUD receive poorer-quality care than patients with any other common chronic condition.3 Most patients with AUD do not receive treatment, and medications for AUD are particularly underutilized.4 The systematic review and meta-analysis by Jonas et al5 in this issue of JAMA has the potential to increase awareness and use of pharmacotherapy for AUD. The most important benefit of this review, however, will be if it leads to more patient-centered care for AUD.

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