Improve severe alcohol withdrawal treatment by training more doctors, B.C. study urges

published on August 28, 2018 by Camille Bains in Star Metro Vancouver

VANCOUVER—There’s an urgent need to improve the treatment of severe alcohol withdrawal because too many patients are being admitted to hospital when they could be managed through outpatient services or by family doctors, says the lead author of a new study.

Dr. Evan Wood, executive director of the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, said family doctors and emergency departments could use a simple screening questionnaire to assess and diagnose patients before treatment is recommended.

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