Urgent need for improved treatment of alcohol withdrawal: B.C. study

published on March 24, 2019 in Osburn Oracle

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Centre on Substance Use says 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 with outpatient services.

The centre‘s medical director, Dr. Evan Wood, is the lead author of a study that found a simple screening questionnaire can properly assess patients‘ symptoms in an emergency department or doctor‘s office before recommending treatment.

The study published today in the reviewed 530 studies involving more than 71,000 patients…

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