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Clark BJ, Rubinsky AD, Ho PM
Alcohol screening scores and the risk of intensive care unit admission and hospital readmission.
This study sought to determine whether alcohol misuse was associated with admission to an intensive care unit (ICU) among patients receiving outpatient care. Among 486,115 veterans receiving outpatient care, the adjusted probability of ICU admission within 1 year was 2.0 percent for abstinent patients, 1.6 percent for patients with lower-risk alcohol use, 1.8 percent for patients with moderate alcohol misuse, and 2.5 percent for patients with severe alcohol misuse.
Citation: Clark BJ, Rubinsky AD, Ho PM . Alcohol screening scores and the risk of intensive care unit admission and hospital readmission. Subst Abus 2016 Jul-Sep;37(3):466-73. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2015.1137259.
Keywords: Alcohol Use, Hospital Readmissions, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Ambulatory Care and Surgery, Screening, Substance Abuse, Veterans