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Comparing general practitioners and specialist alcohol services in the management of alcohol withdrawal

  • P. C. Naik (a1), J. Lawton (a2) and L. W. Brownell (a3)
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Aims and Method

A postal questionnaire was used to compare the pharmacological management of alcohol withdrawal as carried out by a group of general practitioners and specialist alcohol services.

Results

General practitioners were significantly more likely to prescribe chlormethiazole, less likely to use B vitamins and less likely to admit patients with a history of withdrawal complications.

Clinical Implications

General practitioners need training in order to improve their management of alcohol withdrawal.

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Comparing general practitioners and specialist alcohol services in the management of alcohol withdrawal

  • P. C. Naik (a1), J. Lawton (a2) and L. W. Brownell (a3)
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