Descriptive epidemiological methods

The Audit-C tool is an effective tool for assessing patients in primary care for alcohol use and misuse. Although the tool was found in some studies to not be effective, I think that using this is an excellent tool for gathering a baseline of patients’ drinking habits. With three simple questions, we can assess and score patients and with this information, we can tailor their care according to the results. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a score of 4 or more for men is considered positive (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2019). According to the National Institutes of Health, men tend to drink more heavily than women consuming more than three times as much per year and as much as 19 liters compared to women at 6.7 liters (White, 2020). Having the availability of this information as providers is important in detecting unhealthy behaviors early on to provide interventions and treatments to promote better health in primary care.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2019). Alcohol use disorders identification test. 

         https://www.hepatitis.va.gov/alcohol/treatment/audit-c.aspLinks to an external site.

White, A.M. (2020). Gender differences in the epidemiology of alcohol use and related harms in the United States.

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Descriptive epidemiological methods

How could you use descriptive epidemiological methods in your practice? Provide an example where you could use descriptive epidemiology to improve care. Explain your rationale.

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