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Brief Interventions for Hospitalized Trauma Patients

Dunn, Chris PhD; Ostafin, Brian PhD

Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection & Critical Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.ta.0000174682.13138.a3
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Substance abuse is one of the most prevalent comorbid conditions among trauma patients. Research has shown that injury can be reduced when brief interventions are provided to trauma patients who are hospitalized for substance abuse. This article presents data from a Level I trauma center that provided brief interventions daily over a 5-year period. A generic model for brief intervention is described, along with concrete details of this addiction intervention service.

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From the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington.

Submitted for publication December 21, 2004.

Accepted for publication December 21, 2004.

This article was written for the proceedings from a conference entitled “Alcohol and Other Drug Problems Among Hospitalized Trauma Patients: Controlling Complications, Mortality, and Trauma Recidivism” in Washington, DC, May 28–30, 2003. It does not reflect the official policy or opinions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and does not constitute an endorsement of the individuals or their programs—by CDC, HHS, or the federal government—and none should be inferred.

Address for reprints: Chris Dunn, PhD, University of Washington, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 325 9th Avenue, Box 359896, Seattle, WA 98104-2499; email:

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.