Examining an alcohol health worker service's patient coverage.
Alcohol health workers (AHWs) have been found to be effective at reducing alcohol-related hospital admissions, but there is still a paucity of evidence in keys areas. This was the first study to investigate what percentage of patients referred to an AHW service by alcohol screening tools are actually seen by the AHWs. The study-based in a large teaching hospital in the north of England-also investigated the impact of social deprivation on service usage. Research data came from a patient database and semi-structured interviews with AHWs. Further research is required to better understand the 'harm paradox' of patients' differential susceptibility to alcohol-related harm and how this might impact AHW service patient flow.