Richard Saitz, Publications


D’Amore MM, Cheng DM, Kressin NR, Jones J, Samet JH, Winter M, Kim TW, Saitz R. Oral health of substance-dependent individuals: Impact of specific substances. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2011 Sep;41(2):179-85. PMID: 21474269.

Hingson RW, Heeren T, Edwards EM, Saitz R. Young adults at risk for excess alcohol consumption are often not asked or counseled about drinking alcohol. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Feb;27(2):179-84. doi: 10.1007/s11606-011-1851-1. PMID: 21935753.

Ireland J, Cheng DM, Samet JH, Bridden C, Quinn E, Saitz R. Operating characteristics of carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT) for identifying unhealthy alcohol use in adults with HIV infection. AIDS Care. 2011 Nov;23(11):1483-91. PMID: 21732900.

Kim TW, Saitz R, Cheng DM, Winter MR, Witas J, Samet JH. Initiation and engagement in chronic disease management care for substance dependence. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011 May;115(1-2):80-6. PMID: 21168981.

Meltzer EC, Rybin D, Saitz R, Samet JH, Schwartz SL, Butler SF, Liebschutz JM. Identifying prescription opioid use disorder in primary care: Diagnostic characteristics of the Current Opioid Misuse Measure (COMM). Pain. 2011 Feb;152(2):397-402. PMID: 21177035. PMCID: PMC3027065.

Merrick ES, Hodgkin D, Garnick DW, Horgan CM, Panas L, Ryan M, Blow FC, Saitz R. Older adults’ inpatient and emergency department utilization for ambulatory-care-sensitive conditions: Relationship with alcohol consumption. J Aging Health. 2011 Feb;23(1):86-111. PMID: 20935248.

Orwat J, Saitz R, Tompkins CP, Cheng DM, Dentato MP, Samet JH. Substance abuse treatment utilization among adults living with HIV/AIDS and alcohol or drug problems. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2011 Jan;113(2-3):165-71. PMID: 21700412.

Orwat J, Samet JH, Tompkins CP, Cheng DM, Dentato MP, Saitz R.  Factors associated with attendance in 12-step groups (Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous) among adults with alcohol problems living with HIV/AIDS.  Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011 Jan;113(2-3):165-71. PMID: 20832197. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.07.021.

Palfai TP, Zisserson R, Saitz R. Using personalized feedback to reduce alcohol use among hazardous drinking college students: The moderating effect of alcohol-related negative consequences. Addict Behav. 2011 May;36(5):539-42. PMID: 21295919.

Reif S, Larson MJ, Cheng DM, Allensworth-Davies D, Samet J, Saitz R. Chronic disease and recent addiction treatment utilization among alcohol and drug dependent adults. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2011 Oct 18;6:28. PMID: 22008255. PMCID: PMC3220629.

Saitz R. Worldwide evidence-based medicine activities. Evid Based Med. 2011 Feb;16(1):5. doi:10.1136/ebm1172. PMID: 21228051.


Amaral MB, Saitz R, Souza-Formigoni MLO. Do attitudes about unhealthy alcohol and other drug (AOD) use impact primary care professionals’ readiness to implement AOD-related preventive care? Drug Alcohol Rev. 2010;29(6):655-61. PMCID: PMC2965619.

Bertholet N, Cheng DM, Palfai TP, Saitz R. Factors associated with favorable drinking outcome 12 months after hospitalization in a prospective cohort study of inpatients with unhealthy alcohol use. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Oct;25(10):1024-9. PMID: 20480250.

Bertholet N, Cheng DM, Samet JH, Quinn E, Saitz R. Alcohol consumption patterns in HIV-infected adults with alcohol problems. Drug Alcohol Depend. Jun 2010;112:160-63. PMID: 20579819.

Field CA, Baird J, Saitz R, Caetano R, Monti PM.  The mixed evidence for brief intervention in emergency departments, trauma care centers, and inpatient hospital settings: What should we do?  Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2010; 34:2004-2010. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2010.01297.x.

Jackson AH, Alford DP, Dubé CE, Saitz R. Internal medicine residency training for unhealthy alcohol and other drug use: recommendations for curriculum design. BMC Med Educ. 2010 Mar;10:22. PMID: 20230607.

Liebschutz JM, Saitz R, Weiss RD, Averbuch T, Schwartz SL, Meltzer EC, Claggett-Borne E, Cabral H, Samet JH. Clinical factors associated with prescription drug use disorder in urban primary care patients with chronic pain.  J Pain. 2010;11(11):1047-55.

Saitz R. Candidate performance measures for screening for, assessing, and treating unhealthy substance use in hospitals: advocacy or evidence-based practice? Ann Intern Med. 2010 Jul 6;153(1):40-3. PMID: 20621901.

Saitz R. Alcohol screening and brief intervention in primary care: Absence of evidence for efficacy in people with dependence or very heavy drinking.  Drug Alcohol Rev. 2010;29(6):631-40. PMCID: PMC2966031.

Saitz R. Evidence-based medicine: time for transition and translation (to practice). Evid Based Med. 2010 Aug;15(4):103-4. PMID: 20570949.

Saitz R. Most inpatients with unhealthy alcohol use have an alcohol use disorder. Int J Public Health. 2010 Jun;55(6):527-28. PMID: 20535524.

Saitz R, Alford DP, Bernstein J, Cheng DM, Samet J, Palfai T. Screening and brief intervention for unhealthy drug use in primary care settings: randomized clinical trials are needed. J Addict Med. 2010;4(3):123-30.

Saitz R, Naimi TS. Adolescent alcohol use and violence: are brief interventions the answer? JAMA. 2010 Aug 4;304(5):575-7. PMID: 20682942.

Smith PC, Schmidt SM, Allensworth-Davies D, Saitz R. A single-question screening test for drug use in primary care. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Jul 12;170(13):1155-60.PMID: 20625025.

Squires LE, Alford DP, Bernstein J, Palfai T, Saitz R. Screening and brief intervention for drug use in primary care. J Addict Med. 2010;4(3):131-36.

Williams EC, Palfai T, Cheng DM, Samet JH, Bradley KA, Koepsell TD, Wickizer TM, Heagerty PJ, Saitz R. Physical health and drinking among medical inpatients with unhealthy alcohol use: A prospective study. Alc Clin Exp Res. 2010; 34:257-1265. PMID: 20477765.


Alford D, Bridden C, Jackson A, Saitz R, Amodeo M, Barnes H, Samet JH.  Promoting substance use education among generalist physicians: An evaluation of the Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) program. Gen Intern Med. 2009; 24:40-47.

Bertholet N, Cheng DM, Palfai TP, Samet JH, Saitz R.  Does readiness to change predict subsequent alcohol consumption in medical inpatients with unhealthy alcohol use?  Addict Behav 2009; 34:636-640.  PMID:  19428189

Bertholet N, Dukes K, Horton NJ, Palfai TP, Pedley A, Saitz R.  Factor structure of the SOCRATES questionnaire in hospitalized medical patients.  Addict Behav 2009; 34:568-572. PMID:  19395177

Bertholet N, Horton NJ, Saitz R.  Improvements in readiness to change and drinking in primary care patients with unhealthy alcohol use: a prospective study.  BMC Public Health, 2009; 9:101 PMCID: PMC2679737 [E-pub] (Not NIH-funded).

Cheng DM, Libman H, Bridden C, Saitz R, Samet JH.  Alcohol consumption and lipodystrophy in HIV-infected adults with alcohol problems. Alcohol. 2009; 43:65-71.

Kapoor A, Kraemer KL, Smith KJ, Roberts MS, Saitz R. Cost-Effectiveness of Screening for Unhealthy Alcohol Use with %Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin: Results From a Literature-Based Decision Analytic Computer Model. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. August 2009;30(8):1-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2009.00974.x.

Saitz R, Palfai TP, Cheng DM, Horton NJ, Dukes k, Kraemer KL, Roberts MS, Guerriero RT, Samet JH.  Some medical inpatients with unhealthy alcohol use may benefit from brief intervention. J Stud alc Drugs. 2009; 70:426-435.

Smith PC, Schmidt SM, Allensworth-Davies D, Saitz R.  Primary care validation of a single question alcohol screening test.  J Gen Intern Med, 2009, 24: 783-788. PMCID: PMC2695521


Gordon AJ, Fiellin DA, Friedmann PD, Gourevitch MN, Kraemer KL, Arnsten JH, Saitz R, for the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Substance Abuse Interest Group. 2009 Update in addiction medicine for the primary care clinician.  J Gen Intern Med 2008; 23:2112-2116.  PMCID:  PMC2596507

Merrick EL, Hodgkin D, Garnick DW, Horgan CM, Panas L, Ryan M, Saitz R, Blow FC.  Unhealthy drinking patterns and receipt of preventive medical services by older adults. J Gen Intern Med 2008; 23(11):1741-1748.  PMCID: PMC2585680

Saitz R, Larson MJ, Labelle C, Richardson J, Samet JH.  The case for chronic disease management for addiction.  J Addict Med 2008; 2:55-65.  PMCID: PMC2756688

Saitz R, Horton NJ, Cheng DM, Samet JH.  Alcohol counseling reflects higher quality of primary care.  J Gen Intern Med 2008; 23: 1482-1486. PMCID: PMC2518021

Sullivan LE, Saitz R, Cheng DM, Libman H, Nunes D, Samet JH. The impact of alcohol use on depressive symptoms in human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients. Addiction 2008; 103:1461-1467. PMCID: PMC 2661114

Zhang Y, Guo X, Saitz R, Levy D, Sartini E, Niu J, Ellison RC.  Secular trends in alcohol consumption over 50 years. The Framingham Study. Am J Med, 2008; 121:695-701. PMCID:  PMC256028

Walley AY, Cheng DM, Libman H, Nunes D, Horsburgh CR, Saitz R, Samet JH.  Recent drug use, homelessness and increased short-term mortality in HIV-infected persons with alcohol problems.  AIDS 2008; 22:415-420.  PMCID: PMC2247409

Merrick EL, Horgan CM, Hodgkin D, Garnick DW, Houghton SF, Panas L, Saitz R, Blow FC.  Unhealthy drinking patterns among older adults: prevalence and associated characteristics.  J Am Geriatr Soc 2008; 56:214-223. PMCID: PMC18716847

Kartha A, Brower V, Saitz R, Samet JH, Keane T, Liebschutz JM.  The impact of trauma exposure and post traumatic stress disorder on healthcare utilization among primary care patients.  Med Care 2008; 46(4):388-393.  PMCID:  PMC2745067

Rothman EF, DeJong W, Palfai T, Saitz R.  Relationship of age of first drink to alcohol-related consequences among college students with unhealthy alcohol use.  Subst Abuse 2008; 29(1):33-41. PMCID:  PMC19042317

Alford DP, Richardson JM, Chapman SE, Dube CE, Schadt RW, Saitz R.  A web-based alcohol clinical training (ACT) curriculum: Is in-person faculty development necessary to affect teaching?  BMC Med Educ 2008; 8(1):11.  PMCID: PMC2329623


Rothman EF, Cheng DM, Pedley A, Samet JH, Palfai T, Liebschutz JM, Saitz R.  Interpersonal violence exposure and alcohol treatment utilization among medical inpatients with alcohol dependence.  J Subst Abuse Treat 2008; 34:464-470. PMCID: PMC2435595

Kim TW, Samet JH, Cheng DM, Winter MR, Safran DG, Saitz R.  Primary care quality and addiction severity: a prospective cohort study.  Health Serv Res 2007; 42(2):755-772.  PMCID: PMC1955364

Freiberg M, Cheng DM, Kraemer KL, Saitz R, Kuller L, Samet JH.  The association between hepatitis C infection and prevalent cardiovascular disease among HIV-infected individuals.  AIDS 2007; 21(2):193-197.  PMCID: PMC1805683

Takizawa C, Cheng D, Samet JH, Winter M, Larson MJ, Saitz R.  Primary medical care and reductions in HIV risk behaviors in adults with addictions.  J Addict Dis 2007; 26(3):17-25.

Williams EC, Horton NJ, Samet JH, Saitz R.  Do brief measures of readiness to change predict alcohol consumption and consequences in primary care patients with unhealthy alcohol use? Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2007; 31:428-435.

Saitz R, Palfai TP, Freedner N, Winter MR, Macdonald A, Lu J, Ozonoff A, Rosenbloom DL, DeJong W. Screening and brief intervention online for college students: the iHealth study. Alcohol Alcohol 2007; 42:28-36.

Larson MJ, Paasche-Orlow M, Cheng DM, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Saitz R, Samet JH.  Persistent pain is associated with substance use after detoxification: a prospective cohort analysis. Addiction 2007; 102(5):752-760.

Saitz R, Gaeta J, Cheng DM, Richardson JM, Larson MJ, Samet JH.  Risk of mortality after substance detoxification.  J Urban Health: Bull NY Acad Sci 2007; 84(2): 272–282. PMCID: PMC2231626

Saitz R, Palfai TP, Cheng DM, Horton NJ, Freedner N, Dukes K, Kraemer KL, Roberts MS, Guerriero RT, Samet JH.  Brief intervention for medical inpatients with unhealthy alcohol use: A randomized controlled trial.  Ann Intern Med 2007; 146:167-176.

Wines JD, Saitz R, Horton NJ, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Samet JH.  Overdose after detoxification: a prospective study.  Drug Alcohol Depend 2007; 89:161-169.

Liebschutz J, Saitz R, Brower V, Keane TM, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Averbuch T, Samet JH.  PTSD in urban primary care: High prevalence and low physician recognition. J Gen Intern Med 2007; 22:719-726.  PMCID: PMC2219859

Horton NJ, Kim E, Saitz R.  A cautionary note regarding count models of alcohol consumption in randomized controlled trials.  BMC Med Res Methodol 2007; 7:1-9.  PMCID: PMC1810542

Tsui JI, Saitz R, Cheng DM, Nunes D, Libman H, Alperen JK, Samet JH.  Awareness of hepatitis C diagnosis is associated with less alcohol use among persons co-infected with HIV.  J Gen Intern Med 2007; 22:822-825.  PMCID: PMC2048689

Kim TW, Palepu A, Cheng DM, Libman H, Saitz R, Samet JH.  Factors associated with discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected patients with alcohol problems.  AIDS Care 2007; 19(8):1039-1047.  PMCID: PMC2579777

Saitz R.  Treatment of alcohol and other drug dependence.  Liver Transpl 2007; 13:S59-S64.

Zisserson RN, Palfai TP, Saitz R.  “No-contact” interventions for unhealthy college drinking:  Efficacy of alternatives to person-delivered intervention approaches. Subst Abuse 2007; (4):119-31.

Palfai TP, Cheng DM, Samet JH, Kraemer KL, Roberts MS, Saitz R. Depressive symptoms and subsequent alcohol use and problems: a prospective study of medical inpatients with unhealthy alcohol use. J Stud Alcohol Drugs 2007; 68:673-680.

Samet JH, Cheng DM, Libman H, Nunes DP, Alperen J, Saitz R.  Alcohol consumption and HIV disease progression.  J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2007; 46(2):194-199.  PMCID: PMC2247363

Cheng DM, Nunes D, Libman H, Vidaver J, Alperen JK, Saitz R, Samet JH.  Impact of     hepatitis C on HIV progression in adults with alcohol problems.  Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2007; 31(5):829-836.  PMCID: PMC2048686

Raj A, Saitz R, Cheng DM, Winter M, Samet JH.  Associations between alcohol, heroin and cocaine use and high risk sexual behaviors among detoxification patients. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse 2007; 33; 169-178.