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Members invited to comment on APA Guideline

Members of the OPPA/APA are invited to review and comment on the draft APA "Practice Guidelines for the Pharmacological Treatment of Patients with Alcohol Use Disorder."

A PDF version of the draft is available on the APA website at  The deadline to comment is March 17, 2017.

The Guideline Writing Group drafted the guideline based on a systematic review of the available evidence. Each statement (recommendation or suggestion) is separately rated according to the strength of the supporting research evidence and the balance of possible benefits and harms of the recommended or suggested actions. In addition to specific statements, the draft guideline includes a review of strategies and caveats when implementing the recommendations and a discussion of the appropriateness of the recommendations to inform quality improvement activities.

Comments should be emailed to Microsoft Word file attachments are preferred.  Please include the following information with each comment:

  • Reference each comment by page and line number, and include a reference or rationale for your comment.
  • Disclose any relevant potential conflicts of interest, e.g., significant industry or other financial relationships you have that may be relevant to evaluating your comment.
  • Include an email address and/or phone number where we can contact you for additional information about your input, if necessary.
  • Everyone who submits comments will be acknowledged in the published guideline. Please list your name and academic degree or your organization name as you would like them to be listed.

Other reviewers of this guideline include experts in the field, allied organizations and advocacy groups, the APA Board of Trustees, the APA Assembly, the APA councils, and APA members and members of the public via the web page.

After this general review is completed, the guideline will be submitted to the APA Assembly and Board of Trustees for final approval and publication.

For questions, contact:  Seung-Hee Hong, APA Practice Guidelines, at


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