Advice and treatment by physicians and nurses can substantially reduce substance use and its associated disease and health care costs, yet physicians are often hampered by lack of training and knowledge in this area.
Managing Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Problems: A Pocket Guide for Physicians and Nurses is a quick reference for the busy physician or nurse. It summarizes the simplest, most effective and best researched protocols for identifying and treating substance use and its complications.
The Pocket Guide helps medical and nursing students, physicians and nurses recognize that substance use problems are medically treatable. This guide will not only demistify the treatment of patients with substance use issues, but will also lead to better treatment outcomes. The Pocket Guide is an invaluable, practical resource with answers for most substance use problems.
About the authors
Meldon Kahan, MD, CCFP, FCFP, FRCPC, is medical director of the substance use service at Women's College Hospital in Toronto. In addition, he is an associate professor and funded researcher in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Lynn Wilson, MD, CCFP, FCFP, is an Associate Professor and Department Chair, Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She also serves as co-Chair, Faculty of Medicine Strategic Plan Social Responsibility Working Group; Physicians Services Committee, MoHLTC; St. Joseph’s Urban Health Team; Chair, National Association of Canadian Chairs of Family Medicine; Member, Toronto Central Local Health Integrated Network, Clinical Leadership Services Committee. Dr. Wilson’s research interests include: Influence of prenatal parenting education on postpartum anxiety and marital adjustment; Psychosocial risk factors during pregnancy; Antenatal psychosocial risk factors associated with adverse postpartum outcomes; Meta-analysis of randomized trials on physician interventions with problem drinkers; Project CREATE: Curriculum renewal and evaluation of addiction training and education; and barriers to emergency medical care for heroin users.