The BC ECHO on Substance Use – Alcohol Use Disorder (Alcohol Use Disorder ECHO) series is part of the larger BC ECHO on Substance Use, a virtual community of practice that aims to help primary care teams build competency in the management of substance use disorders.
Despite the high prevalence of high-risk drinking, alcohol use disorder (AUD), and alcohol-related harms in British Columbia, these conditions frequently go unrecognized and untreated in the health care system. Primary care providers are well-positioned to screen and assess patients for high risk drinking and AUD, provide appropriate treatment, and connect patients to specialized care services and supports in their communities. However, many clinicians don’t have experience with current evidence-based approaches to providing AUD care. Clinicians may have practical questions about how to select, initiate, and titrate treatments for AUD, and may be unaware of local supports and resources.
BC ECHO on Substance Use – Alcohol Use Disorder has been developed to address these knowledge gaps. This ECHO series is designed to support primary care providers and their teams to implement evidence-based approaches to the clinical management of AUD in accordance with current provincial guidelines.