A major healthcare goal of the Scottish Government is to reduce alcohol-related harm, in all its many manifestations. Much of the cost, morbidity and mortality of alcohol-related disease is driven by alcohol-related liver disease. In 2017 SHAAP launched its report, ‘Alcohol-related Liver Disease: Guidance for Good Practice’ at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, with the support and participation of the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Catherine Calderwood. The Guidance was drawn up by a multi-disciplinary group of healthcare specialists chaired by Professor John Dillon, University of Dundee and NHS Tayside.
The document makes recommendations for an alcohol-related liver disease care pathway for use by GPs, addiction services and acute general hospitals in relation to:
- Identification and early assessment of patients with alcohol-related liver disease and/or liver fibrosis
- Treatment of alcohol-related liver failure
- Follow-up; as well as
- Recommendations for research.
Dissemination of the guidance across Scotland:
It is planned to contact physicians/psychiatrists/nurses/addiction support services in other health boards across Scotland to initiate or support, where already in existence, the roll-out nationally of the guidance. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Felicity at the above email or on 0131 2473667.
Sharing good practice
If you have good practice in the area of treatment and care of patients with alcohol-related liver disease which you would like to share via this webpage, please contact Felicity as above.
For a hard copy of the SHAAP Guidance, please contact Felicity as above.
Presentation by Dr Lesley Graham at the Launch.