Increasing Alcohol Screening Among Women

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Donna Sandifer (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Abstract: Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is occurring at increasing rates among women in the United States.High-risk drinking, heavy alcohol use, and binge drinking are characteristics of the disorder.Screening for alcohol use can identify women with risky drinking patterns. Primary careproviders can identify women with AUD through routine alcohol screening protocols. Thepurpose of this project was to increase screening among women at a primary care clinic inwestern North Carolina by implementing the United States Alcohol Use Disorder IdentificationTest (USAUDIT). There was no routine alcohol screening occurring at the clinic before the startof the project. Women ages 18 and over, who presented for routine healthcare visits werescreened with the USAUDIT over 12 weeks. There were 652 women who met screening criteriaand 68% (n=446) were screened. One percent (n=6) of women had positive screening results,representative of mild AUD. All positive screens received a point-of-care brief intervention.Brief interventions included conversations about women's drinking patterns and education onrecommended alcohol limits. Findings revealed women with AUD were identified by using theUSAUDIT. Future endeavors to improve screening rates at the clinic are indicated.

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Sandifer, Donna. (April 2020). Increasing Alcohol Screening Among Women (DNP Scholarly Project, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (\r\nDisplay/Hide MLA, Chicago and APA citation formats.
Language: English
Date: 2020
alcohol use disorder, primary care, women, screening, USAUDIT

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