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Practical tools to detect, counsel and treat patients with problematic psychoactive substance use in primary care

Published inPrimary Care, vol. 10, no. 8, p. 145-146
Publication date2010
Abstract

Problematic psycho-active substance use is highly prevalent in patients consulting in primary care.Although the use of substances is not always problematic, screening for problematic use is justified in the adolescent, adult and geriatric populations, considering the high prevalence, the existence of simple valid screening instruments and cost-effective intervenions. Screening can be performed by simple questions or with standardized questionnaires. When screening is positive, primary care physicians can promote health behaviour changes using brief interventions based on the 5 A's framework. Physicians play an important role in providing immediate and long term caretopatient ssuffering from addiction, if needed in interdisciplinary collaboration.

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BROERS, Barbara et al. Practical tools to detect, counsel and treat patients with problematic psychoactive substance use in primary care. In: Primary Care, 2010, vol. 10, n° 8, p. 145–146. doi: 10.4414/pc-f.2010.08598
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