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Systematic review with meta-analysis
Two simple questions may be used as the first screening step for alcohol problems in primary care: systematic review
  1. Steve Allsop
  1. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Western Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Steve Allsop, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, WA 6845, Australia; s.allsop{at}curtin.edu.au

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Implications for practice and research

  • While alcohol problems are common in primary healthcare settings, and clinicians are well placed to identify and manage such problems, routine screening and identification is not the norm.

  • Simple and efficient screening approaches may solve one potential barrier to the implementation of alcohol brief interventions, but other factors may also need to be addressed.

  • Further research needs to clarify if such an approach is effective in increasing efficient screening and implementation of indicated …

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