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AUD Webinar
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Category: Webinar

Pharmacological treatment of alcohol use disorder is available but underutilized. Federally Qualified Health Centers are required to report diagnostic counts and visits of patients with certain alcohol-related diagnostic codes. While currently not a clinical performance measure, the provision of FDA approved medications for alcohol use disorder is a best practice. This webinar will discuss the prevalence and consequences of alcohol use disorder (AUD). Alcohol screening as standard care will be reviewed, highlighting steps for further assessment for those with the highest screening scores. The severity level of AUD will be discussed relative to the diagnostic criteria. FDA-approved medications for AUD will be discussed. Participants will examine the workflow within their setting related to alcohol screening, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery supports.
  1. Grasp the critical importance for addressing alcohol use in primary care
  2. Associate three levels of alcohol use disorder with diagnostic criteria
  3. Make informed decisions about alcohol-related pharmacotherapy for primary care patients


Deborah S. Finnell, DNS, RN, CARN-AP, FAAN
Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Finnell is a registered nurse with decades of clinical practice in public, private, and federal health care settings treating persons with psychiatric disorders and substance use. She is professor emerita at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. In her academic positions at Hopkins and the University at Buffalo, she integrated substance use-related content into nursing curricula across the prelicensure, master’s specialty and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curricula. She is currently working to integrate opioid-related content into Hopkin’s DNP program to ensure graduates are prepared to manage patients with chronic pain and to address the needs of patients with opioid use disorder including completing the requirements for buprenorphine prescribing. In addition to other consultations, Dr. Finnell is currently serving as an expert for an AHRQ grant related to treatment of alcohol use in primary care. Dr. Finnell is President Elect for Association for Multidisciplinary Education in Substance use and Addiction and is the lead author for that organization’s substance use competencies for nursing, published in the journal Substance Abuse.

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