Addressing the failure to evaluate alcohol's effects on general medical illnesses by systematically evaluating the evidence

There is a great need for primary care physicians to screen patients for alcohol and substance use and refer them for appropriate treatment. The Program of Research Integrating Substance Use Information into Mainstream Healthcare (PRISM) will engage four major primary care medical societies in its mission to have primary care physicians address substance use disorders by increasing the integration of evidence-based research on the effects of alcohol and illicit drug use into the preventive care and management of common chronic diseases. The Society for General Internal Medicine (SGIM) will convene a working group of representatives from three participating medical societies to: (1) review evidence on the effects of substance use on common diseases and specify areas for potential quality of care practice standards; (2) identify relevant topics for additional systematic reviews; (3) define approaches to improve the incorporation of substance use information into the routine delivery of medical care; (4) define the content of an educational program for primary care clinicians about effects of alcohol and illicit drug use on common diseases; and (5) collaborate with National Institutes of Health representatives to identify appropriate topics for an inter-institute portfolio of research.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $700,000.00

Awarded on: 11/21/2006

Time frame: 12/1/2006 - 9/30/2009

Grant Number: 58529


Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)

1500 King Street, Suite 303
Alexandria, 22314-2730


Barbara Jean Turner
Project Director