Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox in a Rural Setting


Original Presentation Date: 10/25/2018

Facilitator Lesson Plan

This team-based, active-learning event features Kim Kardonsky, MD, the director of the University of Washington Underserved Pathway (UPATH) and Targeted Rural and Underserved Scholars Track (TRUST) and Dave Evans, MD, the program director for University of Washington Family Medicine Residency and Rosenblatt Family Endowed Professor in Rural Health at the University of Washington. Alcohol abuse is a common problem in all communities. Rural providers may be called upon to manage alcohol abuse and its consequences in ways that are different from better-resourced environments.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the incidence and prevalence of alcohol abuse and withdrawal in rural environments.
  • Identify the unique considerations for alcohol abuse and treatment in rural settings.
  • Discern which patients are appropriate for out-patient vs in-patient treatment, based on available options in a rural setting.


Before your ALP Session
  1. Recruit your teams. Ideally, 4 teams of 3-5 participants.
  2. Schedule a room that can accommodate all your participants and AV to play the presentation.
  3. Distribute the Pre-Session link
  4. Download the Presentation Slide Deck.
  5. Review the Slide Deck. Be sure to look at the presenter notes.
During your ALP Session
  1. Arrange your participants into teams within the room.
  2. Facilitate your ALP session by following the prompts in the presenter notes of the Slide Deck.
  3. Facilitate general discussion with the full group. Go over any lingering thoughts.
  4. Evaluate the ALP materials on your experience.
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This product was supported by the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement #UH1HP29966. The information, conclusions and opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the authors and no endorsement by BHW, HRSA, or HHS is intended or should be inferred.