Following the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) suggestion and guidelines for screening for parental alcohol abuse during pediatric primary care visits, the researchers in this study sought to determine how willing parents are to submit to alcohol abuse screening and receive intervention information at their child's pediatric visit.
Pediatrics for Parents is pub- lished monthly by Pediatrics Parental Alcohol Screening for Parents, Inc. When children go to their doc- (scoring above the cut-off point Richard J. Sagall, MD, Editor tors’ offices, they’re the ones who on either or both of the screening (richsagall@pedsforparents. are supposed to be screened and tests). Not surprisingly, more alco- com) checked for medical conditions, hol-negative parents (91%) were Vikki Sloviter, Assistant Edi- not their parents, right? Well, a willing to be asked about their tor recent study that was published in alcohol use than alcohol-positive (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pediatrics evaluated the incidence parents (77%), and more women of alcohol use among parents who agreed to be screened than men Editorial, business, subscrip- brought in their children to the (90.4% compared to 84.5%). tion and advertising office: doctors’ offices. Pediatrics for Parents When asked about their preferred PO Box 219 Following the American Academy screening methods, both alcohol- Gloucester, MA 01931 of Pediatrics’ (AAP) suggestion positive and alcohol-negative re- email@example.com and guidelines for screening for spondents preferred pediatricians parental alcohol abuse during over computers or pencil/paper Phone: 215-253-4543 pediatric primary care visits, the methods. And, among alcohol- Fax: 973-302-8187 researchers in this study sought positive parents, 84% of women to determine how willing parents preferred that the pediatrician Copyright© 2009 by Pediat- are to submit to alcohol abuse talk to them about intervention rics for Parents, Inc. All rights screening and receive interven- compared to 75% of the alcohol- reserved. Except for brief tion information at their child’s positive men. excerpts or reviews, no part pediatric visit. of this issue may be reprinted Similarly, both alcohol-positive in any form without prior ap- Celeste R. Wilson, MD from Chil- and alcohol-negative parents said proval. dren’s Hospital in Boston and her they would be less honest about colleagues analyzed data from 879 their alcohol use when screened ISSN 0730-6725 parents (mostly mothers) who by a nurse practitioner, nurse or Writers’ and submission guide- brought in their children for medi- medical
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