Annual rescreening for alcohol misuse: diminishing returns for some patient subgroups.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Medical care, Volume 51, Issue 10, p.914-21 (2013)


2013, Public Health Sciences Division, September 2013


Routine alcohol screening is widely recommended, and Medicare now reimburses for annual alcohol screening. Although up to 18% of patients will screen positive for alcohol misuse, the value of annual rescreening for patients who repeatedly screen negative is unknown.