DOT HS 809 076
Government Accession No.
Recipient's Catalog No.
Title and Subtitle
Alcohol-Impaired Driving: Training Physicians to Detect and
Counsel Their Patients Who Drink Heavily
Performing Organization Code
P. Rivara, M.D., M.P.H.
Chris Dunn, Ph.D.
Evan Simpson, M.P.H.
Performing Organization Report No.
Performing Organization Name and Address
Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center
325 9th Avenue, Box 359960
Seattle, Washington 98104-2499
Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
Contract or Grant No.
Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Research and Traffic Records
Research and Evaluation Division
400 7th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590
Type of Report and Period Covered
Sponsoring Agency Code
and Amy Berning served as Contracting Officer's Technical
Representatives on this project.
is the most common chronic disease in trauma patients, and
one of the most common in patients treated in primary care.
Studies have shown that brief counseling intervention in trauma
centers and primary care clinics are efficient in reducing
drinking and its related illness and injury. Unfortunately,
although trauma centers and primary care clinics are ideal
settings for such brief alcohol interventions, routine screening
and brief counseling for alcohol problems is not commonly
practiced by physicians in these settings. The goal of this
project was to address alcohol abuse at the individual patient
level and at the community level. At the individual patient
level, the project encouraged physicians to perform a protocol
for brief alcohol interventions to address alcohol abuse.
This protocol consists of screening for alcohol problems,
brief counseling, and referral. This was primarily done by
offering training in this protocol to physicians, residents
and medical students. The project focused on the pacific northwestern
United States (Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho).
Brief Alcohol Interventions
is available from the National Technical Information Service,
Springfield, Virginia 22161 (703) 605-6000. It is also available,
free of charge, from the NHTSA web site at: www.nhtsa.dot.gov
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