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Screening for adolescent alcohol and drug use in pediatric health-care settings: predictors and implications for practice and policy

This paper used data from a study of pediatric primary care provider (PCP) screening practices to examine barriers to and facilitators of adolescent alcohol and other drug (AOD) screening in pediatric primary care. A web-based survey (N?=?437) was used to examine the influence of PCP factors (attitudes and knowledge, training, self-efficacy, comfort with alcohol and drug issues); patient characteristics (age, gender, ethnicity, comorbidities and risk factors); and organizational factors (screening barriers, staffing resources, confidentiality issues) on AOD screening practices. Self-reported and electronic medical record (EMR)-recorded screening rates were also assessed. More PCPs felt unprepared to diagnose alcohol abuse (42%) and other drug abuse (56%) than depression (29%) (p?

Authors: Sterling S; Kline-Simon AH; Wibbelsman C; Wong A; Weisner C

Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2012;7(1):13. Epub 2012-08-16.

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