PAT (2009)--revisions to the Paddington Alcohol Test for early identification of alcohol misuse and brief advice to reduce emergency department re-attendance

Alcohol Alcohol. 2009 May-Jun;44(3):284-6. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agp016. Epub 2009 Mar 27.


The Paddington Alcohol Test (PAT) has evolved over 15 years as a clinical tool to facilitate emergency physicians and nurses giving brief advice and the offer of an appointment for brief intervention by an alcohol nurse specialist. Previous work has shown that unscheduled emergency department re-attendance is reduced by 'making the connection' between alcohol misuse and resultant problems necessitating emergency care. The revised 'PAT (2009)' now includes education on clinical signs of alcohol misuse and advice on when to request a blood alcohol concentration.

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / diagnosis*
  • Alcoholism / prevention & control*
  • Emergency Medical Services / methods
  • Emergency Medical Services / standards*
  • Emergency Medical Services / trends
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / standards
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / trends
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Patient Compliance
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods
  • Patient Education as Topic / standards
  • Patient Education as Topic / trends
  • Patient Readmission / standards*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*