Optimizing the delivery of interventions for harmful alcohol use in primary healthcare: an update

Lidia Segura*, Peter Anderson, Antoni Gual

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Abstract

Purpose of reviewAlcohol is a leading risk factor for ill health and premature death. Regardless of poor levels of implementation achieved after more than 30 years of research and policy advice, alcohol screening and brief advice (SBA) remains one of the best policy options. This study updates the evidence by considering recent publications on SBA for heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder in primary healthcare at a timely moment, because researchers are, at present, debating future direction of research and policy in this field.Recent findingsSystematic literature search between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2017 was conducted for new research on alcohol SBA in primary healthcare. In all, 63 articles were included.SummaryPrimary healthcare-based SBA programmes are effective in reducing alcohol consumption among heavier drinkers. There is low implementation of these programmes in real practice. Academia is rethinking and debating future directions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-332
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychiatry
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • alcohol
  • brief advice
  • primary healthcare
  • screening
  • RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIAL
  • TREATMENT SBIRT IMPLEMENTATION
  • SCREENING-TEST ASSIST
  • GENERAL-PRACTICE
  • SUBSTANCE USE
  • COST-EFFECTIVENESS
  • FACTORIAL TRIAL
  • HEAVY DRINKING
  • UNITED-STATES
  • USE DISORDERS

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