Only 1 in 30 Aboriginal patients with alcohol dependency prescribed meds: study

GPs could play a greater role in alcohol dependence treatment, says Professor Mark Harris.
Sarah Simpkins
Professor Mark Harris
Professor Mark Harris.

Just one in 30 Indigenous patients with likely alcohol dependency are prescribed medication for relapse prevention, according to Australian-first research.

The year-long study involving some 53,000 First Nations patients aged 15 and over suggests 1.6% are classified ‘likely dependent’ based on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test — Consumption (AUDIT-C).