Hospital to ask about drug, alcohol use – even if unrelated to reason for admission

Hospital to ask about drug, alcohol use – even if unrelated to reason for admission

[Ed. – So, obviously, some patients should lie.  Gregory House could have told them that.]

Massachusetts General Hospital plans to begin questioning all patients about their use of alcohol and illegal drugs starting this fall, even if they are at MGH for a totally unrelated issue.

Dr. Sarah Wakeman, director of substance abuse disorders at Mass. General, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens the purpose is to make substance abuse treatment part of mainstream medical care. …

Four questions will be posed, including “how often have you had six or more drinks on one occasion,” and “how often have you used an illegal drug in the past year?”

Enough “yes” answers could prompt a special team to conduct what’s being called a “bedside intervention” and possible treatment.

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