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Substance use problems: When to refer to a specialist

Consider specialist referral in these situations:

  • Diagnostic clarification is required.
  • The severity or complexity of the presentation is beyond your expertise.
  • The patient requires support and services provided by a specialized centre (e.g., for pregnant women, trauma victims, youth).
  • The patient has multiple problems that could benefit from multidisciplinary case management
  • The patient has only a partial response or no response to treatment.

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