Brief intervention by a primary health care provider using the stages of change model for adult patients with comorbid substance abuse disorders.
A condition in which a person has both a major mental illness and another health problem (e.g., development disability, substance abuse, personality disorder, or other general medical conditions such as heart disease or cancer).
Additional Domain(s) :
Patients with Substance Abuse
Brief intervention by primary care physicians, step-by-step instruction, based on stages of change model, with associated self-care manual for patients aged 18 80 years with substance abuse disorders compared to excessive medicalization of somatizing patient, high-cost to system of many needless tests, frustration and demoralization of primary care physicians without needed skills to detect and manage these disorders.
Desired outcome is increased competence and sense of self-efficacy by primary-care physicians to detect and manage many cases of somatization disorder that would otherwise be associated with poor outcomes and enormous waste of system resources.