Background and Significance
The prevalence of alcohol problems is
high in medical settings, in which there is an opportunity
to identify alcohol problems and intervene. But physicians
receive little effective education regarding alcohol problems
and often fail to identify them in practice. Educational
efforts about alcohol and health disparities are often separated
from more mainstream medical topics and marginalized. Efforts
are needed to translate existing research findings into
practice. Education with effective, culturally sensitive,
integrated, audience-tailored methods and materials is one
necessary component for improving routine and universal
medical practice in this area.
These integrated curricula, tailored to primary care physicians, address both alcohol problems and health disparities and deliver pragmatic clinical information to increase screening and brief intervention for alcohol problems with attention to health disparities.