Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: Alcohol use is among the top 5 leading contributors to disease burden. 40% of United States veterans screen positive at some point in their lives for alcohol use disorder (AUD). The purpose of this project is to evaluate the impact of pharmacotherapy, brief interventions, and follow up visits on the number of heavy drinking days in patients with high AUDIT C scores. The contributions of this project may be beneficial to patients by increasing access to care, which may decrease their risk of chronic alcohol use related complications.
Methods: The quality improvement project will pilot the impact of a pharmacy run AUD treatment service in adult primary care. The quality improvement project will be initiated from the time of approval up until March 2019 in a prespecified room at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center (TVAMC). The Academic Detailing alcohol use disorder (AUD) dashboard and CPRS medical charts will be utilized to gather an actionable number of patients to identify the appropriateness of initiating pharmacotherapy or behavioral interventions for the quality improvement project. Between 10 and 50 veterans ≥ 18 years old with Alcohol Use Disorder and AUDIT C scores ≥ 4 will be considered for the project. The data collection of drinking days, duration of active treatment, number of patient visits, interventions at each patient visit, total number of interventions, and abstinence from drinking will be used to determine the effectiveness of the quality improvement project.
Results: Not Applicable
Conclusion: Not Applicable
Cameron Turner– PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, Tuscaloosa Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Selma, AL