October 29, 2014
Health workers increasingly treat drug and alcohol misuse in emergency rooms and primary care offices, where they can screen patients for problems, make referrals for specialty treatment or even counsel patients on the spot. It’s a logical approach, given that most people will visit an ER or primary care provider in a given year. But is it effective, and if so, what kinds of interventions work best? UNM School of Medicine psychiatrist Michael Bogenschutz, MD, is researching answers to those questions in two separate studies.