25 January 2018

General practitioners rarely register alcohol abuse in patient medical records

General practitioners rarely record alcohol abuse in a patient's medical records. 'This is because many GPs fail to identify alcohol abuse in patients,' says PhD candidate Latifa Abidi from Maastricht University (UM). Her research on the registration rates of general practitioners found that less than 1% of patients with an alcohol abuse disorder were registered as such in the primary care registration system. As a result, healthcare providers exchange incomplete information about their patients.