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Alcoholism & depression.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23026991     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
One out of 2 Americans report drinking on a routine basis, making the excessive consumption of alcohol the third leading cause of preventable death in America (). Alcoholism and depression are common comorbidities that home healthcare professionals frequently encounter. To achieve the best patient outcomes, alcoholism should be addressed initially. Although all age groups are at risk, alcoholism and depression occur in more than 8 percent of older adults. Prevention through identifying alcohol use early in adolescence is vital to reduce the likelihood of alcohol dependence. This article provides an overview of the long-term effects of alcohol abuse, including alcoholic cirrhosis and hepatic encephalopathy. The diagnostic criteria for substance dependence and ideas for nonthreatening screening questions to use with patients who are adolescent or older are discussed. While providing patient care, home healthcare nurses share the patient's intimate home environment. This environment is perceived as a safe haven by the patient and home care nurses can take advantage of counseling and treatment opportunities in this nonthreatening environment.
Authors:
Mellisa Hall
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Home healthcare nurse     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1539-0713     ISO Abbreviation:  Home Healthc Nurse     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8403379     Medline TA:  Home Healthc Nurse     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  543-50     Citation Subset:  N    
Affiliation:
Mellisa Hall, DNP, ANP/FNP/GNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana.
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