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Program of Research to Integrate Substance Abuse Issues into Mainstream Healthcare (PRISM Project)

Kimberly Walton, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, Alcohol Research Center
kwalton@howard.edu

ABSTRACT

Alcohol abuse is associated with injury, chronic illness, absenteeism from work, and social costs to family and communities. The broad, long-term objective of this project is to translate motivational intervention successful in other medical disciplines into the community primary care setting.

This pilot research and our long term goals are timely. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the nonprofit organization that accredits managed care organizations and developer of the leading tool to measure health care value and improve quality- Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS) -recently announced that it will begin to measure performance in treating alcohol problems. The piloted research activities will serve as a model infrastructure on which to implement effective alcohol screening and interventions at the primary care level.

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