USPSTF finds insufficient evidence for or against clinical interventions to prevent youth drug abuse

03/11/2014 | · Clinical Psychiatry News

A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force review found little research addressing the use of clinician-delivered interventions in preventing drug use among children and adolescents. "When there is a lack of evidence, doctors must use their clinical experience and judgment, and many clinicians may choose to talk with an adolescent to prevent or discourage risky behaviors, such as drug use," task force member Susan Curry said. The findings appear in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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