Alkoholabhängigkeit in der primärärztlichen Versorgung: Welche Patienten werden erkannt?

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Aim: The access to the specialized addiction treatment system is limited when general practitioners do not identify alcohol dependence in patients. We tested how well physicians' diagnoses match results of a standardized diagnostic interview. Method: The German sample of the Europe-wide APC-Study comprises N= 1 356 patients and their diagnoses based on judgements of N =76 German general practitioners and self-reports in the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI). Diagnoses from both sources were compared using weighted regression analysis. Results: German general practitioners identified as many cases as the CIDI-interview, with small overlap. General practitioners identified mostly male and higher-aged patients. Cases with psychiatric comorbidities, risky consumption patterns or disability in everyday activities were diagnosed equivalenty. Conclusion: Standardized diagnostic methods may enhance the identification of younger and female alcohol-dependent primary care patients.

Translated title of the contribution
Alcohol Dependence in Primary Care
Which Patients are Diagnosed?


Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)82-89
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


Sustainable Development Goals


  • alcohol dependence, general practitioners assessment, standardized clinical assessment