Associations between race and ethnicity and receipt of advice about alcohol use in the department of veterans affairs

Steven Dobscha, Kathryn C. Dickinson, Michael R. Lasarev, Eun Lee

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Objective: This study sought to identify racial and ethnic differences in rates of alcohol-related advice given to veterans treated in Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. Methods: This was a cross-sectional analysis of data from the VA Survey of the Healthcare Experiences of Patients (SHEP). Participants were 255,522 veterans treated in VA ambulatory clinics in fiscal year 2005. SHEP measures included alcohol consumption questions from the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test and an item inquiring whether a VA clinician had given advice about drinking. Logistic regression was used to examine relationships between race and ethnicity categories and receipt of alcohol-related advice. Covariate measures included demographic characteristics and physical and mental component summary scores from the Veterans RAND Health Survey (VR-12). Results: Among veterans who consumed any alcohol, compared with veterans from the other racial or ethnic groups, Asian, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander veterans were less likely to be in the medium and highest alcohol consumption categories and non-Hispanic white veterans were less likely to be in the highest alcohol consumption category (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-670
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume60
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2009

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Alcohols
Alcohol Drinking
Health Care Surveys
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Veterans Health
Health Surveys
Ethnic Groups
Drinking
Cross-Sectional Studies
Logistic Models
Demography

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Associations between race and ethnicity and receipt of advice about alcohol use in the department of veterans affairs. / Dobscha, Steven; Dickinson, Kathryn C.; Lasarev, Michael R.; Lee, Eun.

In: Psychiatric Services, Vol. 60, No. 5, 05.2009, p. 663-670.

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Dobscha, Steven ; Dickinson, Kathryn C. ; Lasarev, Michael R. ; Lee, Eun. / Associations between race and ethnicity and receipt of advice about alcohol use in the department of veterans affairs. In: Psychiatric Services. 2009 ; Vol. 60, No. 5. pp. 663-670.
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