Hamilton D, Kehoe M, Welch K. Shared care central to management of substance use disorder. Practitioner May 2021;265(1848):15-19

Shared care central to management of substance use disorder

25 May 2021Registered users

Substance use disorder (SUD) encompasses the use of drugs (illicit and prescription) or alcohol in a way that may cause harm and is difficult to control. Diagnosis is based on clinical history and examination in accordance with ICD-11 criteria which categorise use as hazardous, harmful or dependent. People often see their GP for a medical problem arising from SUD without mentioning substance use. Good rapport and an empathetic attitude can facilitate disclosure. 

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