Research Topics Alcohol
For most adults, moderate alcohol use is not a health concern. Women who drink no more than 1 drink a day (and not more than 7 drinks per week) and men who drink no more than 2 drinks a day (and not more than 14 drinks per week) are at low-risk for developing problems with alcohol use. However, drinking too much, too often, is associated with an increase in mortality rates and chronic health conditions. Within VA, research focused on alcohol misuse includes programs and services to curb alcohol dependence; understanding the prevalence of alcohol use disorders; and looking at risk factors for alcohol misuse.
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( 5 of more than 1102 ALCOHOL focused publications)
Patel YA, Gifford EJ, Glass LM, Turner MJ, Han B, Moylan CA, Choi S, Suzuki A, Provenzale D, Hunt CM. Correction to: Identifying Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Advanced Fibrosis in the Veterans Health Administration. Digestive diseases and sciences. 2018 Oct 1; 63(10):2813-2814.
Matson TE, McGinnis KA, Rubinsky AD, Frost MC, Czarnogorski M, Bryant KJ, Edelman EJ, Satre DD, Catz SL, Bensley KM, Fiellin DA, Justice AC, Williams EC. Gender and alcohol use: influences on HIV care continuum in a national cohort of patients with HIV. AIDS (London, England). 2018 Sep 24; 32(15):2247-2253.
Timko C, Johnson JE, Kurth M, Schonbrun YC, Anderson BJ, Stein MD. Health Services Use Among Jailed Women with Alcohol Use Disorders. The journal of behavioral health services & research. 2018 Sep 20.
Fernandez AC, Bush C, Bonar EE, Blow FC, Walton MA, Bohnert ASB. Alcohol and Drug Overdose and the Influence of Pain Conditions in an Addiction Treatment Sample. Journal of addiction medicine. 2018 Aug 29.
Kanwal F, Kramer JR, Mapakshi S, Natarajan Y, Chayanupatkul M, Richardson PA, Li L, Desiderio R, Thrift AP, Asch SM, Chu J, El-Serag HB. Risk of Hepatocellular Cancer in Patients with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Gastroenterology. 2018 Aug 22.
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( 5 of more than 65 ALCOHOL focused publication briefs)
No Decrease in Drinking among Veterans despite Alcohol-Related Nurse Care Management Intervention in Primary Care The Choosing Healthier Drinking Options in Primary Care (CHOICE) intervention was designed to improve drinking outcomes by engaging Veterans at high risk for alcohol use disorders (AUDs) in patient-centered, alcohol-related care. Investigators in this study examined whether 12 months of alcohol care management via the CHOICE intervention – compared with usual primary care – improved drinking outco... Date: May 1, 2018
VA Successfully Implements Interferon-free Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus in Previously Undertreated Patient Populations This study examined the adoption of interferon-free treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in VA to learn who received this therapy and whether the limitations of interferon-containing treatments have been overcome, including low rates of use among VA healthcare users who are African American or Hispanic, and among those with HCV-HIV co-infection. Findings showed that with the advent of interferon-... Date: March 7, 2018
Greater Risk of Opioid Prescription Overlap in Veterans Using Medicare Part D–Reimbursed Pharmacies This study sought to identify trends in dispensed prescriptions for opioids and the frequency of overlapping days’ supply of prescriptions for opioid medications in Veterans dually eligible for VA and Medicare Part D benefits. Findings showed that over the study period, there was an increasing reliance on the use of Part D–reimbursed pharmacies for opioid prescriptions among Veterans. Although opi... Date: May 1, 2017
Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Therapy among Veterans is Overwhelmingly Initiated by VA Clinicians The aim of this study was to compare reasons for discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) between Veterans with and without substance use disorder (SUD) receiving care within the VA healthcare system in the years following release of 2009 and 2010 clinical practice guidelines. Findings showed that the majority of Veterans (85%) discontinued opioid use because their clinician stopped pres... Date: March 1, 2017
Central Nervous System Polypharmacy May Increase Risk of Overdose and Suicide-Related Behavior among OEF/OIF Veterans This study examined the prevalence of central nervous system (CNS) polypharmacy and its association with drug/alcohol overdose and suicide-related behaviors in a national cohort of OEF/OIF Veterans. Findings showed that of the Veterans in this study, 8% had received five or more CNS-acting medications in 2011. CNS polypharmacy was most strongly associated with PTSD, depression, and TBI – and was i... Date: March 1, 2016
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Improving Outcomes for Emergency Department Patients with
Alcohol Problems Blow, Frederic
Improving Outcomes among Medical/Surgical Inpatients with
Alcohol Use Disorders Timko, Christine
Evaluating the Adaptability and Implementation Potential of an Innovative
Alcohol Intervention for Veterans in Primary Care: Integrating Mobile-based Applications with Peer Support Blonigen, Daniel
Evaluating the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Mobile Application for Self-management of Unhealthy
Alcohol Use Hawkins, Eric
A Multi-Faceted Intervention to Improve
Alcohol Dependence Pharmacotherapy Access Hagedorn, Hildi
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