Improving the Training of Primary Care Providers in the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders

Alcohol dependence is the fourth leading cause of disability worldwide, yet no more than 15% of individuals with AUD are actively engaged in treatment.  The goal of this investigation is to develop strategies that improve the training of primary care providers and clinical staff on the treatment of alcohol use disorders.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dr. David Oslin

Co Investigator: Dr. Puneet Sahota

Determining the Current State and Future Needs of Primary Care Training in Trauma Informed Care – Phase 1

Primary care patients, particularly those in urban environments, report high rates of lifetime individual trauma exposures, including adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and intimate partner violence (IPV) or sexual assault and coercion. Trauma is associated with a wide range of physical and mental health symptoms, and individuals’ responses to trauma may place them at further risk for negative health outcomes. Primary care providers’ use of trauma-informed care (TIC) approaches, including knowledge of patients’ trauma exposure, can improve provider sensitivity to the patient, avoid re-traumatizing, and inform understanding of symptom development and management.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Melissa E. Dichter, PhD, MSW; Anne Teitelman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP; Peter Cronholm, MD, MSCE, FAAFP