Probability and Predictors of Patients Converting from Negative to Positive Screens for Alcohol Misuse.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research (2013)

Keywords:

2013, November 2013, Public Health Sciences Division

Abstract:

Medicare reimburses providers for annual alcohol screening. However, the benefit of rescreening patients a year after a negative screen for alcohol misuse is unknown. We hypothesized that some subgroups of patients who screen negative would have a very low probability of converting to a positive subsequent screen (e.g., <0.1%), calling into question the value of annual alcohol screening for some patient subgroups.