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Friday, July 11, 2014

Mass. General Screens Every Patient for Addiction

In an attempt to improve addiction treatment, Massachusetts General Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School in Boston, will begin screening all patients for alcohol and illegal drug use starting this fall, according to The Boston Globe.

Most hospitals only screen patients when they come into the Emergency Room; Mass. General will ask every patient, even if they are coming in for a routine procedure, a series of four questions related to drinking and drugs, according to the article. Nationwide, about a fourth of all patients who visit hospitals for routine medical procedures have substance use disorders. If the answers indicate a possible addiction, a special addiction team could be called-in to do a “bedside intervention” and arrange for treatment.

Doctors at Mass. General believe that tackling substance abuse in a traditional medical setting may help hospitals better coordinate care and lower costs.

Dr. Sarah Wakeman, Medical Director for Substance Use Disorders at Mass. General’s Center for Community Health Improvement, believes that hospitals are the perfect opportunity to reach people who are struggling with addiction. She called being in the hospital “a reachable moment,’’ where people in the field of addiction can bring initial treatment right to the patient at the bedside.

“We make it incredibly hard for people to access care for addiction,’’ she said. “Part of our goal is shifting the culture.’’

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