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Efficacy of alcohol screening in the accident and emergency department managed by reception staff: a pilot study
  1. R Patton1,
  2. J Shute2,
  3. G Hinchley2,
  4. L Ranzetta3
  1. 1
    National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, London, UK
  2. 2
    Barnet, Haringey and Enfield Mental Health NHS Trust, London, UK
  3. 3
    Enfield DAT, London, UK
  1. Dr R Patton, National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, 4 Windsor Walk, London SE5 8BB, UK; r.patton{at}


Hazardous levels of alcohol consumption are associated with presentations to the accident and emergency department. Although screening and brief interventions are effective at reducing levels of hazardous drinking, a low number of departments has implemented such a strategy. Time constraints upon clinical staff have been cited as one reason for this inertia. This pilot study demonstrates that self-completion of screening materials is possible before a patient is seen by clinical staff.

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  • Funding: This study was funded by the Enfield Health Improvement Partnership.

  • Competing interests: None.

  • Ethics approval: Ethics approval was obtained.

  • Patient consent: Obtained.