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1. Report No.
 DOT HS 809 076
2. Government Accession No.
3. Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle

Addressing Alcohol-Impaired Driving: Training Physicians to Detect and Counsel Their Patients Who Drink Heavily

5. Report Date
July 2000
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)

Frederick P. Rivara, M.D., M.P.H.
Chris Dunn, Ph.D.
Evan Simpson, M.P.H.

8. Performing Organization Report No.


9. Performing Organization Name and Address

University of Washington
Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center
325 9th Avenue, Box 359960
Seattle, Washington 98104-2499

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Research and Traffic Records
Research and Evaluation Division
400 7th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered
14. Sponsoring Agency Code
15. Supplementary Notes

Jon Walker and Amy Berning served as Contracting Officer's Technical Representatives on this project.

16. Abstract

Alcohol 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).

17. Key Words

Alcohol Screening
Brief Alcohol Interventions
Primary Care

18. Distribution Statement

This report 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:

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21. No. of Pages


22. Price
Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized